Front row all ruled out of BSB Last to First?

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The front row of the second MCE British Superbike race at Brands Hatch seem to have all ruled themselves out of a chance to win the championship’s incredible cash prize on offer for starting race two from the back of the grid.

The new rules, in effect for only the second race at Brands Hatch, will give the front row of the grid the option of starting from the back of the grid. Should they be brave enough to take the challenge, they will immediately receive a cash prize of £5000 – and double championship points.

However, there’s still more to play for than that, and should one of the trio come through to win the race, they will receive an incredible cash prize of £50,000.

But with all three concentrating on strong results in the race – for very different reasons – it looks like none of them will take the challenge.

Josh Brookes, after taking his first win of the year, now seems focused on his chance to capitalise not on points (or cash) but on podium credits, and is insistent that he’ll start from his second place spot.

Meanwhile, Richard Cooper, taking one of his best ever qualifying results just after his second place, says that racing is about more than the big prize to him.

“For me it’s not about money, its about results – to get a podium, to get a taste of it, I definitely want more of it. And, admittedly, I wouldn’t be able to do it from the back, there’s only a handful of riders could possibly do it from the back of the grid – Shakey would be one of them, Josh, but for myself, I need every advantage I can get, and if I’ve got a front row spot for race two, I’ll be taking the most of that advantage for sure.”

Meanwhile, reigning champion Shane Byrne, who crashed heavily out of the opening race, will be out to make sure that he makes amends for the opening race of the day.

However, motorbike racers are rarely known for their decisiveness, and with the chance of that incredible prize, who knows what’s yet to happen!

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer