James Ellison vowed to battle for two race wins ahead of the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch today (Sunday) and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider kept his promise to deliver his first double victory in the series.

The Cumbrian rider started from pole position in both races and defied the immense pressure of his rivals in each of the races as the pack closed in during the final stages of both races following Nissan GT-R Safety Car interventions.



Ellison was setting an incredible pace to break the lap record in the first race to claim the victory by 1.368s from the four time champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, which he repeated in race two to fend off the PBM Kawasaki rider by 0.356s.

After the races, Ellison said: “This weekend has been the best I’ve ever done and now I hope we can keep it going like this across the year because in other seasons we have started strongly but have not been able to hold it together. It is a good feeling to walk away from Brands Hatch with two wins, as particularly in the second race, Shakey was closing in a bit and he made me work hard.”
Byrne fought back from his second row start in the opening race as he bid to close down the Buildbase BMW of Ryuichi Kiyonari. The Kent-based champion could only make a move stick on the final lap to move second, whilst Kiyonari was denied third place on the drag to the line by Josh Brookes on the Milwaukee Yamaha.

Honda’s Jason O’Halloran enjoyed his best result to so far in the series, fifth ahead of Stuart Easton.



2015 BSB, BSB R02, Brands Hatch, Kent, UK.
In race two Ellison again made the break off the line with Kiyonari, Byrne and Brookes in close contention. As the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider edged ahead of the pack, Byrne was shadowing Kiyonari in a bid to move ahead, which he pulled off with a move down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend.

Brookes had his sights firmly set on a double podium finish and as he hunted Kiyonari for third, the Buildbase BMW rider made an uncharacteristic error at Druids, running wide and giving the Australian the opportunity he needed to claim third place.


Kiyonari held fourth ahead of Easton and Tommy Bridewell who completed the top six for Tyco BMW.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship now heads to Oulton Park for round three on 2/3/4 May.



Race one:
1: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
2: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +1.368s
3: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.453s
4: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +1.479s
5: Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +3.218s
6: Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +3.826s

Race two:
1: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
2: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +0.356s
3: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.484s
4: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +3.229s
5: Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +3.714s
6: Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +4.397s

Championship standings:
1: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 85
2: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 79
3: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 58
4: Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) 42
5: Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 33
6: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) 28

Tony Carter

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