Following a frantic finale in race one, Shane ‘Shaky’ Byrne failed to capitalise on his pole position in race two as championship hopeful Josh Brookes moved one step closer to claiming his first ever British Superbike title.
Struggling with tyre choice in race one, Australian Brookes was forced to sit behind Byrne and Ellison before making his move and holding on for the win. However, in a race which could’ve finished with several riders on top of the podium, it was Byrne’s pace that earned him a place at the start of the grid in race two – with Brookes starting from the second row.
With Byrne hoping for redemption, the reigning champion’s hopes were dashed following a swift move from James Ellison before Josh Brookes sneaked into second nearing the halfway point.
As Brookes snatched the lead from Ellison, gaps started to show as the Australian raced superbly to claim his 11th win of the season. Ellison, who suffered some technical difficulties towards the latter stages of the race, slipped to 17th while ‘Shaky’ had to settle for a disappointing fifth.
Having builta 47point lead at the top of the championship, Brookes will be hoping for more of the same as the teams approach the final race of the season at Brands Hatch later this month. Meanwhile, it’s looking like it may take a miracle if Byrne is to reclaim his crown.
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