Haslam takes BSB lead

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Leon Haslam leads the 2006 British Superbike championship by 15 points following a win and a second place at the 11th round at Cadwell Park.

The first race saw torrential rain just before the start, with the race declared wet, but as the circuit dried it was the Airwaves team of Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam that moved through the pack, with Lavilla taking the race win from his team-mate. HM Plant Honda rider Ruichi Kiyonari took third, having lead early on as team-mate Karl Harris went across the grass at the chicance, eventually taking 10th.

Fourth went to Shane Byrne from Tommy Hill, Glen Richards and Craig Coxhell. Non-finishers included Jonathan Rea on the Red Bull Honda and Steve Plater on the second Rizla Suzuki.

Race two saw Haslam triumph over battling riders Byrne, Lavilla, Rea and Harris. Ryuichi Kiyonari pulled out of the race after crashing at Barn corner, and being flagged after restarting, due to a damaged rear brake and footrest.

Shane Byrne crashed out of contention when he lost the front at Charlies, allowing Haslam to concentrate on closing on leading team-mate Lavilla. Johnathan Rea took third, from Tommy Hill and Karl Harris, who broke the lap record twice, passed Lavilla, crashed out at Mansfield, restarted, and eventually finished fifth on a bike still carrying tufts of grass.

In British Supersport Eugene Laverty led from the start to take the Cadwell win, from Tom Sykes and Cal Crutchlow

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff