Laverty signs off 2015 with dramatic win

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The final race of the 2015 British Superbike Championship managed to provide some of the most drama and closest racing of the season. Championship winner Josh Brookes got a poor start from pole position, got caught up in the pack and let a trio of Byrne, Ellison and Laverty get away at the front.  

In his race to get back to front of the field he caught a kerb on lap eight and suffered his first race crash of the season when he tumbled off.  This also brought to an end his hopes of being the first rider ever to win all of the showdown races since the inception of the concept. 

 This left the leading trio to fight it out among themselves at the front and from lap 10 it was Laverty, Byrne and then Ellison. With two laps to go Ellison made a move on Byrne and that set off a series of moves which saw the three of them battle fiercely to hold off the others with plenty of close overtaking moves.

Laverty managed to eventually hold on to his lead and take his first win of the season on his Tyco BMW while Ellison was able to get the better of Byrne.  With less than half a second between them it finished the second off in style.  
Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer