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BSB Brands Hatch Saturday

BSB: Haslam and Ellison podium at Brands thriller

Jul 242017

Brands Hatch. It’s one of the fastest, and most daunting circuits in the UK and a firm rider and fan favourite of the British Superbike Championship calendar.

What’s more last weekend’s half way marker of BSB 2017 at the legendary Kent venue was nothing short of epic; with three-days packed full of insane bar-to-bar racing, music, and tyre smoking on-track demonstrations.

With the grandstands filled to capacity, all eyes were on the headlining Superbikes. Despite difficult weather conditions – with the threat of heavy rain ever present – JG Speedfit Kawasaki ace Leon Haslam took a third place podium in the opener, while McAms Yamaha rider James Ellison secured his second runner up spot of the year in race two.

Haslam said: “It’s been a tough round as it’s the first weekend back really from Oulton Park in May. We made some good progress but always felt on the back foot. The podium in race one was better than expected considering the issues I had, but I felt the changes in race two weren’t the right way to go and I had to settle for fifth.


“The positives are: we finally got to test some different chassis set-ups, tyre life in the SC0 was better and we were the top Kawasakis in both races. I’m racing at the Suzuka 8hours this weekend which is important but I’m also looking forward to going testing when I return to get everything ready ahead of the next BSB round. Big thanks to everyone at JG Speedfit Kawasaki; I’m confident we will get back to winning ways soon.”


Ellison continued: “We’ve always said weve had great pace all year, but this is the first round where we haven’t led at some point. I’d rather come away from the weekend with two strong finishes and a podium, than leading a race at some point and then ending up on the deck. I’m really happy for the McAms Yamaha Team. It’s nice to get things back on track a little bit with this result.


“There are a few little changes we made between race one and race two – the bike is really strong at the moment, and there is a small window where the machinery is absolutely phenomenal; so it’s been all about maximising that. Shakey, Josh and Dan all set a very strong pace. I just tried to keep my head down and dig deep to not let the gaps increase. I could see Shakey ahead at the same point each lap, but I just couldn’t gain on him at this one. To finish second though, I’m absolutely peaking – it was a good weekend!”


If all that wasn’t enough our UK-based tyre slayer and three time European Gymkhana GRiD Champion Luke Woodham was on hand to keep the crowds entertained in between races with tyre smoking demos in his custom built Nissan 200SX S14.


Next up the championship heads to the fast open blacktop of Thuxton on the 4th – 6th of August. Make sure you check back with us to see how our athletes continue to push up the championship leader board. Full results from Round 6 of the MCE British Superbike Championship are available here: Race One, Race Two.