BSB Brands Hatch Round-Up: Mossey reigns supreme

by Joshua Close
BSB Brands Hatch - Mossey leads the way

Luke Mossey reigned supreme at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday as he picked up his first-ever victory in the MCE British Superbike Championship.

Not content with just one race win, Mossey also went on to complete the double in the second race of the day, on-board his JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

It was also another positive day for the championship leader, Leon Haslam, who picked up two podium finishes alongside his Kawasaki teammate.

Christian Iddon completed the podium in both races, whilst there was also a good haul of points for the Honda Racing duo of Jason O’Halloran and Dan Linfoot.

Let’s take a brief look back at what happened in both races this past Monday.

Brands Hatch – Race One

James Ellison started from pole position after setting the fastest-ever lap of the Indy Circuit, with Mossey and Haslam joining him on the front-row.

It was Haslam who made the best start and he led the opening laps of the race. A mistake at Druids however allowed Ellison to re-take control on lap three.

Ellison was pushing extremely hard to break-away from the Kawasaki duo and this would ultimately cost him, with the McAMS Yamaha man crashing out of the race at Druids on lap 12.

Mossey would take advantage, with Haslam and Iddon locked in an intense battle for second. The duo exchanged places a number of times at Paddock Hill Bend with Haslam eventually managing to get the better of his BMW rival.

Behind them, reigning champion Shane Byrne finished his first race of the season in fourth place – a few seconds ahead of Linfoot (fifth), teammate Glenn Irwin (sixth) and O’Halloran in seventh.

Michael Laverty, Peter Hickman and Josh Brookes rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Brands Hatch – Race Two

There was drama at the beginning of race two with the pole-sitter, Ellison, unable to take his place on the grid due to mechanical issues caused by his accident in race one.

Haslam hit the front once again at the start of the race, with Mossey, Iddon and O’Halloran all right on his tail.

Mossey made his first-move on lap two, diving down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend, however Haslam fought back to regain the position into Druids.

The eventual race-winner repeated the move a few laps later, but Haslam forced his way back through one more.

Mossey made the move stick on the next lap and Haslam soon found himself under pressure from Iddon in third place. Iddon made a move into Paddock Hill Bend a few laps later and was able to keep Haslam behind.

Behind them Byrne was making good progress and actually made a move on Haslam, before losing the front going through Clearways. This followed a near identical crash for Irwin on the other Ducati moments earlier.

Behind the podium finishers Brookes was able to get the better of his fellow Australian, O’Halloran, for fourth place. Linfoot was next-up in sixth, ahead of Smith Racing’s Peter Hickman in seventh.

Series rookie Bradley Ray (eighth) claimed his first top 10 finish in BSB, ahead of John Hopkins (ninth) and Sylvain Guintoli in 10th.

Round three of the championship will take place at Oulton Park over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (April 20 – May 1).

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