The BSB paddock is set to roll into the Brands Hatch GP Circuit in Longfield for round 6 of the 2018 championship where Leon Haslam will be looking to carry on where he left off in April.
Brands Hatch has been the heart of British Superbikes for a number of years, with the circuit hosting 3 rounds throughout the season. This, however, is the first round at the GP Circuit for 2018 after the class visited the Indy track a few months ago.
Brands Hatch has seen many incredible races, the 2011 championship decider with Swan Yamaha’s Tommy Hill taking on the Crescent Suzuki of John Hopkins, a race won by just 6 thousands of a second, in the way of Tommy Hill who took the championship.
Brands Hatch recently hasn’t been kind to championship leader Leon Haslam who suffered 2 monstrous crashes in 2 years. In 2016 Leon Haslam had a big crash in qualifying after his handlebar came off on the run into turn 9 forcing him to start way down the order and eventually costing him the championship. The next year Leon Haslam had a brake failure in the 3rd and final race of the weekend and had to jump off his ZX-10R on the entry to Hawthorn, both handing Shakey Byrne his 5th and 6th British Superbike championship.
Brands Hatch was off course the place where ‘Skywalker’ Luke Mossey took his maiden win in the British Superbike class after doubling up at the second round of the season last year so the 25-year-old will be looking to repeat that this weekend.
Earlier on this season homeboy Shane Byrne managed to pass and hold off Donington double winner Bradley Ray in the first race at the Indy track whilst Leon Haslam started his winning streak after picking up the 25 points in a damp race 2.
Leon Haslam comes into round 6 as the championship leader with a very healthy lead over the first-time winner in 2018 in Race 1 at Knockhill Jake Dixon who trails the Derbyshire man by 74 points.
After a retirement in race 2 at Knockhill, Bradley Ray slips to 3rd in the championship ahead of Be Wiser Ducati rider Glenn Irwin who will be hoping he can put the Ducati back on the podium.
Danny Buchan had a great Scottish round scoring double podiums at Knockhill and moves up to 6th, knocking Josh Brookes who holds the lap record at the Brands Hatch GP circuit out of the showdown spot.
After 2 strong races for the Tyco BMW riders, both Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon are setting their sights on the showdown spots. Michael Laverty’s last podium came at Brands Hatch Indy earlier this year after holding off Shakey Byrne in the 2nd race for 3rd position.
This weekend also marks the 20th anniversary of the Yamaha YZF-R1 meaning Josh Brookes and Tarran Mackenzie will be running a classic white and red livery for this weekends action.
Can Leon Haslam extend his championship lead at the ‘Big Brands Bash’ or will Jake Dixon start closing the Pocket Rocket?
In the support classes, Ben Currie is once again looking to end Jack Kennedy’s winning streak in the British Supersport after the Irishmen got the better of the Aussie in both races at Knockhill. In the Superstock 1000 and 600’s, Billy McConnel will put his crash behind him and return to the track where he picked up a 3rd and a 1st at the Indy circuit earlier this year. In the 600’s championship leader, Ryan Vickers will hope he and the Mototechniks Yamaha can bounce back after their DNF last time out in Knockhill.
The Ducati Tri-Options cup will be returning to action after skipping out the Scottish round, Sean Neary will be hoping he can close down the 28 point advantage Rob Guiver has.
In the Motostars class, it’s all about closing the championship lead. Last time out championship leader Jake Archer took the win in both races in the Scottish sunshine with championship rival Storm Stacey coming home in 3rd and 2nd.
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