James Ellison clinched his first MCE British Superbike victory of the season in an action-packed second race at Cadwell Park, narrowly beating local rider Lee Jackson to the top spot.
Starting on pole position for the first time in his career, Jackson took the early lead and controlled the race in the opening laps before RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider Jake Dixon shot ahead to take the lead.
However, drama would then strike as Dixon crashed while trying to build a lap, leaving a train of riders to fight for the lead including Jackson, Byrne, Ellison, Hickman and Haslam.
Jackson was undoubtedly fast, clinching the lap record as he jostled with Ellison and Byrne but there would be further drama as they hit two thirds distance with Haslam crashing out after an attempted pass on Hickman at Park while his series rival Byrne would retire on the same lap with a broken rear sprocket.
This left Jackson, Ellison and Hickman to fight it out for the lead and Jackson looked set for his debut victory until Ellison pounced on the penultimate lap before pulling enough of a gap to take his first win of the year. Hickman completed Smith’s BMW’s first ever double podium in third.
Jason O’Halloran finished fourth for Honda Racing ahead of Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon as they continue to fight for top six places, while Michael Laverty rounded off a more positive weekend for McAMS Yamaha in eighth.
Glenn Irwin was ninth as he continues to recover from his arm injury while Sylvain Guintoli showed improvement for Bennetts Suzuki with a tenth-placed finish.
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