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JG Speedfit do the treble at Silverstone Triple-header!

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JG Speedfit do the treble at Silverstone Triple-header!

JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam has fortified his lead in the BSB championship with a hat-trick of victories in an action-packed Silverstone BSB tripleheader.

 

Race 1:
Leon Haslam clinched race one in a high-speed duel with six different riders sharing the lead during the 30-lap thriller on the National circuit. The race secured Glenn Irwin and Josh Brookes their places alongside Haslam and Jake Dixon in the Showdown, with the fight for the final two places set for Sunday's race 2/3 between Bradley Ray, Peter Hickman, Danny Buchan, Christian Iddon and Jason O'Halloran all still in with a shot of showdown qualification.

The race started with Bradley Ray launching off the pole position to lead the pack from Dixon, Brookes and Glenn Irwin, the Buildbase Suzuki rider crashed out unhurt at Becketts on lap 4 which ended his hopes of securing his Showdown place early. Dixon meanwhile resumed the lead from Brookes and Glenn Irwin, but soon the 2015 champion had moved into the lead for McAMS Yamaha with a decisive move at Brooklands corner.

Haslam moved into third behind Mackenzie with Brookes dropped to fourth.The positions kept changing constantly within the leading pack and it was a raging battle between Glenn Irwin and Mackenzie for several laps with the pair changing positions every lap for the lead as Haslam closed in.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider waited until the closing stages to make his move and he hit the front of the leading pack, Glenn Irwin quickly came back to regain the position however but on the final lap, it was Haslam who held it to the chequered flag just 0.171s ahead of the Irwin.

Race 1 Podium:
P1) Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
P2) Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.171s
P3) Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.608s

Race 2:
Leon Haslam added to his winning tally to secure the second Bennetts British Superbike Championship win of the weekend at Silverstone. The start of the race (2) got off to an electric start with the Buildbase Suzuki ahead of Jake Dixon and Tarran Mackenzie with Haslam and Josh Brookes next in line. As the JG Speedfit Kawasaki of Haslam charged through the field, a clash with Ray saw the pair collide, sending Ray completely offline, rejoining in eighth and the championship leader issued a 'drop position' penalty for the incident.

Haslam was instantly back on the attack after completing his penalty and soon recaptured the lead and kept it until the chequered flag.

Race 2 Podium:
P1) Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
P2) Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +1.472s
P3) Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.863s


Race 3
With Leon Haslam’s earlier two wins and the top 4 riders BSB showdown positions secure, all eyes were on the riders battling for the final Showdown spots and at the start. The grid launched off the line in typical BSB excitement but the early action was initially cut short with a red flagged on the second lap Haslam’s JG Speedfit teammate, Luke Mossey, crashed out at the fast Copse corner, thankfully able to walk away from the incident, the race was restarted shortly afterwards.

The Honda of O’Halloran got the jump off the line ahead of Haslam and Australian rival Josh Brookes with Mackenzie also in the lead pack. Christian Iddon fourth on the Tyco BMW fought back from injury in a determined bid to make the Showdown.

Brookes was holding the lead from Haslam and Mackenzie until lap 19 when Haslam made his move; diving down the inside at Copse, the pair were inseparable!  The fight for the win went down to the wire with Mackenzie vs Haslam on the penultimate lap, but a decisive move saw Haslam take the lead at Brooklands. The Championship leader held the position to the finish line to make it a hat-trick of victories for the Hampshire based team.

Race 3 Podium:
P1) Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
P2) Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.075s
P3) Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.274s

The championship next heads to Oulton Park on the 14-16th September.

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