It wasn’t just Misano that saw extremely wet weather. Back in Britain, the heavens opened just in time for the final British Superbike race of the weekend.
In what could only be described as a disaster, Dan Linfoot took a long awaited victory from Michael Laverty and Jake Dixon, who took the final Showdown spot. It would be easier to list who didn’t finish as to who did, with only seven riders crossing the line at the checkered flag.
Before the race even got underway, Leon Haslam was unable to make the start due to a technical problem. On the opening lap, Jason O’Halloran took a tumble, leaving him open to the threat of losing his Showdown place.
Josh Brookes had taken the lead at the front with Shane Byrne and James Ellison closely following behind. A huge moment for Brookes on the second lap saw him run out wide and allow both Byrne and Ellison through. Just one lap later, Ellison crashed out unhurt.
As Brookes fought with Byrne for the lead, he too crashed out leaving Byrne to carve his way through the rainsoaked track. On the sixth lap, Byrne crashed out of the lead which left Linfoot to pick up the leading position. Further back, Christian Iddon had slipped into second as was fighting hard against the conditions to stay on and bring it safely over the line to secure his place in the Showdown. Unfortunately for the Tyco rider, he crashed out on lap eight, bringing his 2017 title hopes to a close.
Iddon’s crash left Michael Laverty in second with Linfoot comfortably leading the way. Jake Dixon had picked up third and crossed the line to secure his Showdown place, with O’Halloran also managing to hold on to his title place thanks to the ever decreasing grid.
The race was eventually red flagged at two thirds race distance (lap ten), leaving only seven riders to cross the line.
The Showdown opener begins at Oulton Park next weekend.
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