BSB: Linfoot wins Silverstone crash-fest

Published: 10 September 2017

Dan Linfoot became the ninth different MCE  British Superbike race winner in a sodden third and final race which saw just seven racers finish as the red flag came out at two thirds distance. 

In a wet third and final race there was instantly drama for JG Speedfit Kawasaki as Leon Haslam was unable to make the start due to a technical problem. Then the tension heightened as Honda Racing’s Jason O'Halloran crashed out on the opening lap, leaving himself vulnerable in the Showdown with Jake Dixon, Christian Iddon and Luke Mossey all capable of claiming the positions.

At the front Josh Brookes had hit the front of the field ahead of a Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and James Ellison who were instantly dicing for positions. On the second lap Brookes had a moment which pushed him wide and allowed Byrne and Ellison to carve through.  However a lap later there was disaster for Ellison as he crashed out unhurt.

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Brookes was then the next rider to crash out of contention as he fought for the lead, leaving Byrne in the lead for the Be Wiser Ducati team with Linfoot in third and Peter Hickman holding fourth after confirming his Showdown position in the earlier race.

On the sixth lap though there was a crash from Byrne and he slid out of contention at Farm leaving Linfoot to master the conditions and edge out an advantage over the chasing pack to claim his first win in the series.

Meanwhile the positions were changing throughout the field as Michael Laverty had moved into third place as Iddon moved into second and potentially securing his position in the Showdown six for Tyco BMW. However on the eighth lap Iddon had a moment and crashed out at Club, ending his hopes of a position in the top six.

Dixon then had the advantage and he held third place to the finish to secure his place in the Showdown with O’Halloran still holding enough points despite his crash to complete the Title Fighter line up.

James Westmoreland secured his best result of the season and Gearlink Kawasaki’s best result in the class in fourth place ahead of Jakub Smrz and rookie Bradley Ray for Buildbase Suzuki. Lee Jackson was the final finisher in seventh place.

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