Ellison cruises to victory in race one at Brands Hatch

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Ellison has won his second race of the MCE British Superbike season after leading from start-to-finish at Brands Hatch.

Ellison was relatively untroubled throughout the race and even a safety car late-on would not unsettle the Cumbrian rider.

Reigning champion, Shane Byrne, finished in second place after putting a move on Ryuichi Kiyonari on the final lap of the race after the Japanese rider went ride.

Kiyonari was then pushed off the podium going over the finish line by Josh Brookes on the Milwaukee Yamaha.

Jason O’Halloran was next up in fifth place, ahead of Stuart Easton on the second of the PBM Kawasaki machines. Howie Mainwaring-Smart and Broc Parkes were next up in seventh and eighth places respectively, with Smiths Racing BMW’s Billy McConnell managing to finish in ninth position despite starting from 30th on the grid.

The race was marred by a nasty-looking accident on the opening lap, with Bennetts Suzuki’s Christian Iddon losing the front of his machine. This caused Jack Kennedy to slow down, which in-turn caused Robbin Harms to run into the back of him. Kennedy appeared to clip Iddon’s leg despite his best efforts to avoid any collision with the rider.

There were also big crashes for Jakub Smrz, who suffered a hi-side on his Ducati going down Paddock Hill, and Peter Hickman, who went off going through Clearways.

Tommy Bridewell also suffered a crash off-camera at Druids, with Taylor Mackenzie also pulling out of the race due to technical issues with the Team WD40 Kawasaki machine.

Avoiding all of the drama was Ellison, who made a great start off the line and was never really in any danger from the riders behind him.

Despite the safety car being brought out late-on, and Ellison showing frustration with the events going on around him, the leader kept his cool after the re-start and pulled away once again.

The same could not be said for Kiyonari, who had been in second for the majority of the race, with the Buildbase BMW rider going wide on the final lap which allowed Byrne a way through. Brookes then used the power of the Yamaha R1 to snatch the final podium position from Kiyonari going over the finish line.

Ellison ended up winning by a margin of 1.368s and will surely be hard to beat in race two, which takes place at 16:30.

Brands Hatch Indy Race 1 Result

177James EllisonJG Speedfit Kawasaki26m16.502s
267Shane ByrnePBM Kawasaki+1.368s
325Josh BrookesMilwaukee Yamaha+1.453s
423Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW+1.479s
522Jason O'HalloranHonda Racing+3.218s
65Stuart EastonPBM Kawasaki+3.826s
743Howie MainwaringQuattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki+4.503s
82Broc ParkesMilwaukee Yamaha+5.290s
93Billy McConnellSmiths Racing BMW+6.401s
109Chris WalkerBe Wiser Kawasaki+7.091s
1147Richard CooperAnvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki+7.151s
1212Luke MosseyQuattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki+7.381s
137Michael LavertyTyco BMW+7.507s
1483Danny BuchanBe Wiser Kawasaki+7.628s
1521Josh WatersBennetts Suzuki+7.996s
1640Martin JessoppRider Motorcycles BMW+8.113s
176James WestmorelandJG Speedfit Kawasaki+8.255s
1814Lee JacksonBuildbase BMW+11.307s
1928Victor CoxMorello Racing Kawasaki+11.939s
2086Danny JohnsonMorello Racing Kawasaki+18.877s
218Shaun WinfieldAnvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki+19.204s
2266Ian HutchinsonPBM Kawasaki+21.939s
2320Jenny TinmouthHonda Racing1 Lap
RET60Peter HickmanRAF Reserves BMW10 Laps
RET46Tommy BridewellTyco BMW11 Laps
RET45Rhalf Lo TurcoSBK City Racing Kawasaki11 Laps
RET96Jakub SmrzLloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati18 Laps
RET64Aaron ZanottiA-Plant Yamaha18 Laps
RET19Michael RutterGearlink Kawasaki25 Laps
RET11Taylor MackenzieTeam WD-40 Kawasaki28 Laps
RET99Filip BacklundAnvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki29 Laps
RET24Christian IddonBennetts Suzuki
RET44Jack KennedyTeam WD-40 Kawasaki
RET27Robbin HarmsMotoDex Performance First BMW