Josh Brookes took victory in race two at Silverstone from James Ellison and Shane Byrne, after the race was cut short by three laps due to oil on track.
Byrne took an early lead with Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli closely following. Guintoli leapt at the chance to lead his first race of the season, but Brookes was creeping up to challenge the front runners. He took the lead and ran with it, to bring home his second race victory of the season. After starting from the back of the grid because of a penalty for changing gearbox ratios, Ellison stormed through the field to to take an impressive second place.
There was disaster on the first lap for Dan Linfoot, Lee Jackson and Taylor Mackenzie. A multiple rider crash brought their race to an abrupt end, with Mackenzie being stretchered off. It was later confirmed that he had broken his foot in two places. Thankfully, both Linfoot and Jackson were okay.
Just one lap later, there was more drama for Leon Haslam, Michael Laverty and Silverstone race one winner Glenn Irwin. Laverty was forced to run on as Haslam and Irwin slid into the gravel and managed to rejoin, but the Kawasaki and Ducati riders were not so lucky.
On lap nine, the safety car was brought out due to an incident involving Andy Reid and Martin Jessopp. Jessopp managed to escape unscathed, but Reid later confirmed that he had broken his femur. The safety car stayed out for two laps until it was red flagged on lap eleven, after Shaun Winfield suffered an engine blow up.
Peter Hickman’s eighth place was enough to confirm his place in the Showdown alongside Brookes, Haslam and Byrne. With two places left and four riders fighting for them, the title fight could be anyone’s.
MCE British Superbike race two
|1||Josh Brookes||Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha||16:59.718|
|2||James Ellison||McAms Yamaha||+0.274|
|3||Shane Byrne||Be Wiser Ducati||+0.732|
|4||Sylvain Guintoli||Bennetts Suzuki||+1.268|
|5||Jason O'Halloran||Honda Racing||+1.329|
|6||Bradley Ray||Buildbase Suzuki||+2.338|
|7||Christian Iddon||Tyco BMW Motorrad||+2.765|
|8||Peter Hickman||Smiths Racing BMW||+3.067|
|9||Jake Dixon||RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki||+4.977|
|10||John Hopkins||Moto Rapido Ducati||+7.617|
|11||Tommy Bridewell||Team WD-40 Kawasaki||+9.224|
|12||Luke Mossey||JG Speedfit Kawasaki||+10.437|
|13||Jakub Smrz||Lloyd & Jones PR Racing BMW||+10.778|
|14||James Westmoreland||Gearlink Kawasaki||+28.948|
|15||Michael Laverty||McAms Yamaha||+31.265|
|16||Dean Harrison||Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki||+41.445|
|17||Aaron Zanotti||Platform Hire Yamaha||+45.465|
|DNF||Andy Reid||Tyco BMW Motorrad||-|
|DNF||Martin Jessopp||Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW||-|
|DNF||Shaun Winfield||Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha||-|
|DNF||Glenn Irwin||Be Wiser Ducati||7 laps|
|DNF||Leon Haslam||JG Speedfit Kawasaki||7 laps|
|DNF||Lee Jackson||Smiths Racing BMW||-|
|DNF||Taylor Mackenzie||Bennetts Suzuki||-|
|DNF||Dan Linfoot||Honda Racing||-|