Danny Buchan of the FS3-Racing Kawasaki team took victory in the opening race at Knockhill, marking the fifth different winner in the premiere class in five rounds.
Scott Redding scored top honours in the second bout to reclaim the championship lead from Tommy Bridewell.
Josh Brookes went 8-4 for the weekend, while fellow Aussies Jason O’Halloran and Ben Currie failed to finish either race.
Jason O’Halloran suffered machine problems in both races which saw organisers give him the black-orange flag forcing his retirement from both races.
For Ben Currie his return from injury turned out to be a little premature with his injured foot not coping with the stress of the racing conditions which forced the young Victorian to pull out of the races.
In Superstock 1000 Levi Day suffered a DNF in race one due to a loosening boot starting to come adrift from his foot which forced him to pit. He then closed out the weekend with a 14 place result.
BSB Superbikes Race 1
At the start of the opening race Tarran Mackenzie launched off the front row to lead the pack from pole-sitter Xavi Forés and Buchan with Christian Iddon and Jason O’Halloran in close contention. A moment for Forés dropped him behind Buchan on lap five and then the FS3-Racing Kawasaki rider was hunting down Mackenzie at the front.
Buchan was piling the pressure on Mackenzie at the front and with a decisive move at the Hairpin on lap five and then posted consistent lap times to begin to make a break from the pack. Mackenzie though crashed out of contention before mid-race distance ending his chance of a podium finish.
Buchan was untroubled at the front but behind the battle for second place went down to the wire as Scott Redding was cutting through the pack from his 16th place grid start; by the final ten laps the Be Wiser Ducati rider had closed down the battle for second with Forés leading Iddon.
Redding had closed the gap and with three laps to go he made a move at turn five on Iddon to move ahead of the Tyco BMW rider and then repeated the move a lap later to move into second place as Forés held third.
Redding celebrated a determined second place finish ahead of Forés and Iddon who claimed Tyco BMW’s best result of the season. Tommy Bridewell was fifth ahead of Bradley Ray and Luke Mossey. Luke Stapleford and Glenn Irwin completed the top ten.
BSB Superbikes Race 2
In race two Redding returned to the top of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship podium at Knockhill, mastering the Scottish circuit to claim the race two victory for Be Wiser Ducati and move back to the top of the standings by four points.
At the start of the race Mackenzie claimed the initial advantage into turn one, but Buchan carved ahead just a corner later to put the FS3-Racing Kawasaki back at the front of the field. Redding was in third and he moved second on lap two with a move at the Hairpin on the Be Wiser Ducati.
Iddon had been sitting in eighth place but a crash at turn four on the third lap left the Tyco BMW with a fractured left fibula. The BMW Safety Car was deployed and as the pack formed up behind, Buchan, Redding and Mackenzie were the leading trio with Josh Brookes, Ray and Bridewell next in line.
Redding was instantly on the attack when the race resumed and after two laps he had pulled a decisive move on Buchan to take the lead. Buchan and Mackenzie then were embroiled in a battle for second, but Bridewell was also on the move and desperate to forge his way further up the order.
By lap 17 Buchan had made a move on Redding to regain the lead, but a lap later an unfortunate crash saw the FS3-Racing Kawasaki rider tumble out of the action unhurt. That gave Redding the advantage he needed and he was able to hold the advantage until the race was red flagged on lap 25 when Ray suffered a mechanical failure and subsequently affected the track conditions.
Mackenzie had been eager to make amends for his race one crash and he was able to hold off Bridewell in the closing stages as the pair completed the race two podium with Brookes and Andrew Irwin completing the top five.
Peter Hickman had been giving chase to Ray before his technical problem and that meant the Smiths Racing BMW rider claimed sixth place ahead of Dan Linfoot and Mossey who held off Glenn Irwin and James Ellison.
Danny Buchan – Race One Winner
“It’s still not sunk in yet and I’m pretty overwhelmed by it, it was such a long first race. At the beginning of the race I actually hit Taz (Mackenzie), I hit his exhaust going down the straight. It was a good race and I knew I could do a good job, mid race onwards I settled into a rhythm and brought the bike home and took my first win. Credit to the FS3 team for all their hard work that they have put in, to pick up my first win and the team’s first BSB win, it has been a long time coming. I’ve been trying and trying it’s been a stressful three years for everyone around me. Thanks to all my family and friends who have always supported me.”
Scott Redding – Race Two Winner
“Scotland is great! Danny (Buchan) is the man at Knockhill this weekend – he has been strong in the wet and dry. He won the first race so he had that confidence, I was confident as well as I came through I knew I had the pace. I didn’t really want to lead. I wanted to learn as I am still learning the tracks so when he came by he was pulling away, but I could catch him so I was like, just stay there. The Safety Car came out and I just thought, ‘ok regroup’, we went again and he had a little moment and I thought should I just stay behind? And I thought no I will just try and lead a little bit and see how it goes. I led a couple of laps and felt good, then I think I ran a bit wide in to one of the corners and Danny came by and I thought, that’s alright I will try and stay and learn. I learnt a little bit through the chicane and I thought I will just stay here and have a dig at the end and he lost the front and I thought, oh now I am leading again! I picked my pace up and then it was done. The race was good, I am happy to have the win with the second this morning; people said will Redding manage the British tracks once we get to Knockhill – now we know!”
Josh Brookes – 8-4
“To be honest, I’m glad to be leaving Knockhill as it hasn’t been a great weekendand I’m disappointed for the whole team as everyone’s been working hard and putting in as much effort as always. It just hasn’t clicked for me this weekend and although it started well on Friday, it came to a halt after that and we never really progressed with our pace stuck at that level. The weather made it tough although it was the same for everyone, but we made some small improvements for the second race and salvaged a half decent result with fourth. I wish we were going to Snetterton straightaway to clear my head but it’s been a good circuit to me in the past and I’m confident the Be Wiser Ducati will work well there so I’ll be looking to bounce back strongly and get back to the front.”
Xavi Forés – 3-11
“It’s been a bitter sweet weekend at Knockhill, but we do have many positives to take away. I wasn’t expecting at all to take the pole position yesterday, or finish on the podium! Being back on the podium after the results at Brands was like a victory for me and the team, I’m happy as we were there in dry conditions, so we are making good steps with the Fireblade, but we do still have some work to do. The second race was hard, I started from 13th and made it hard work for myself to get back up into the leading pack. During the race I felt I was defending rather than attacking and it was hard work, the wind at the circuit also picked up and that didn’t help. But I think moving to the next round we have to take the positives with us from this weekend and remind ourselves that we can be up there, have the pace and finish on the podium.”
Tarran Mackenzie – DNF-2
“I’m leaving with a smile on my face, which is nice I was very annoyed with myself for crashing out of the first race. There was a backmarker in front of Danny and I tried to stick to the left as the inside of the track was so wet and I was on the dirty part of the track and it caught me out. Fortunately we made amends in race two. I put together a good pace towards the end of the race, Scott was probably a bit too far away but it got cut short anyway. It’s nice after what happened at Brands, I’m happy to finish second and come away with some solid points.”
Jason O’Halloran – DNF-DNF
“We worked hard this weekend and were fourth quickest overall after practice. Then the rain came for qualifying and I ended up eighth on the grid but I was feeling good for race day. Conditions were really hard in race one with a narrow dry line. I was up to fifth when I unfortunately had to retire with a technical problem. I was given a penalty for race two and ended up 21st on the grid, but I made my way into the group fighting for the top ten before unfortunately having to retire again with a technical problem. Snetterton is up next, somewhere I love racing so I’m looking forward to that already.”
Jack Kennedy regained the Dickies British Supersport Championship lead at Knockhill, after collecting his seventh victory of the season ahead of Brad Jones and Alastair Seeley.
Kennedy made the strongest of starts from the lights, leading the way from his teammate Brad Jones and Rory Skinner in third, but the Integro Yamaha duo began to pull away from the group behind.
Both Kennedy and Jones began to battle it out for the lead, pulling a five second lead over Ryde and Skinner who were duking it out for third on the track, Championship leader Alastair Seeley sat in fifth.
Jones then began to respond, as Kennedy started to pull a gap, with the young Yamaha rider setting a new lap record as he went in pursuit of the defending Champion with just ten laps to go.
But Kennedy held off the challenge from his teammate to take his seventh victory of the season, ahead of Jones and Seeley after Rory Skinner was forced to retire on the penultimate lap due to a technical issue.
Taylor Mackenzie meanwhile took his second victory of the season after beating off Richard Cooper in the dying laps at a soggy Knockhill in Race 2, with Andy Reid picking up third. It was Lewis Rollo who grabbed the lead from opening lap after dicing with Cooper and Mackenzie who followed the Aprilia man.
Mackenzie quickly posted the fastest lap of the race as he went in pursuit of Cooper at the front, after the pair found a way past Rollo. The Bathams BMW man found a way past the Championship leader and soon started to a pull a gap with eight laps remaining.
The pair pulled away from the chasing pack with Mackenzie extending his lead to over 1.5 seconds over Cooper in process, and the home town hero took the flag with Cooper second and Andy Reid third.
Richard Cooper – 1-2
“It’s been 20 years since I’ve won at Knockhill, so it was good to get back onto the top step this weekend. The bike worked well all weekend, even in the horrible, wet conditions for race two. I had a go at leading but, a bit like last time out at Brands, 20 points for second was better than a DNF. We’re still leading the championship so I’m happy enough.”
Levi Day – DNF-14
“P14 in what was probably the worst conditions I’ve ever rode in today! Just wanted to bring it home after what just wasn’t our weekend! We showed we had some good pace at certain times this weekend, just not when it counted, in the races! Thank you to my team IN Competition Aprilia for working so hard all weekend and always giving me an amazing machine to race on. I cant wait to get straight back into it next weekend as a support class at World Superbikes at Donington Park. Thank you to AJN Steelstock, IN Competition Aprilia and all my personal sponsors for their ongoing support!”
Brayden Elliott – 13-16
“Looks like some of my speedway skills came in handy. Rode hard from the start to finish weekend and finished Knockhill with solid results in wet and dry! Credit to the team and everyone that makes this possible, it’s a long process but I’m climbinb the ladder and getting closer with every lap.”
Spain’s Victor Rodriguez took his first Hel Performance British Motostar victory of the season at Knockhill, ahead of Brandan Paasch and Scott Swann.
It was Rodriguez who made the best of starts, grabbing the holeshot and began to battle with Brandan Paasch for the lead.
The Spaniard continued to keep the Championship leader at bay, holding Jones off in third. With just six laps to go the Welshman crashed out, leaving the duo at the front to battle it out. But Rodriguez held the lead to the flag taking his first victory of the season.
Motostar Race 2
Victor Rodriguez collected his second Motostar victory of the weekend at Knockhill in a shortened encounter due to poor weather, with Scott Swann second and Josh Whatley third.
Swann grabbed the advantage from the start, but after the opening lap Rodriguez made his way past and started to clear off at the front.
On the sixth lap of the race Championship leader Brandan Paasch crashed out as he chased after the leader, as did Dan Jones on lap 14, which allowed Rodriguez to cruise home to his second victory of the weekend.
MCNEWS.COM.AU is a specialist on-line resource that provides motorcycle news for motorcyclists. MCNews covers all areas of interest for the motorcycling public including news, reviews and comprehensive racing coverage.