Sunday wrap from Snetterton
Images Dave Yeomans
BSB Superbike Race Two
Christian Iddon had been victorious in Saturday’s opening race of the triple-header BSB weekend at Snetterton (Link), while his VisionTrack Ducati team-mate Josh Brookes celebrated his first victory in 2020 on Sunday.
At the start Glenn Irwin launched off the pole position into the lead for Honda Racing with Brookes, Tommy Bridewell, Christian Iddon and Bradley Ray all at the sharp end when the race got underway.
Glenn Irwin had been holding position at the front of the pack, but on the second lap Danny Buchan tagged Bradley Ray’s rear tyre and crashed his Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki at Agostinis. The contact left Ray forced to rejoin down the pack and the SYNETIQ BMW rider ended the race in tenth place.
Lee Jackson meanwhile was flying the flag for the Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki team; he had worked his way into fourth place meanwhile at the front of the field Brookes had made a move on Glenn Irwin to snatch the lead.
Brookes was holding off a hard-charging Glenn Irwin with Bridewell and Jackson the leading quartet who were battling for the podium positions. The championship leader made a move on Brookes for the lead at Agostini but he couldn’t quite make it stick, and then a problem towards the end of the race meant Glenn Irwin had to settle for second and the valuable championship points.
Bridewell had been on the attack too but he finished the race in third place and Jackson completed his best result of the season in fourth place, with yesterday’s race winner Iddon claiming fifth place.
Kyle Ryde was able to bag sixth place for the Buildbase Suzuki team, ahead of the battling McAMS Yamahas, with Tarran Mackenzie having the edge over Jason O’Halloran, with Luke Mossey in ninth place on the lone Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW, after Héctor Barberá crashed out unhurt.
Andrew Irwin had been carving his way through the field after his back row start, but the Honda Racing rider was involved in an incident with Ryan Vickers on lap 13 at Murrays, which saw both riders crash out of the race.
Race Direction penalised Andrew Irwin with a drop of three grid positions for his next race start and enabled two of the three suspended penalty points that were imposed on 9 August 2020.
Race Two Interviews
BSB Superbike Race Two Results
|DNF||Ryan VICKERS||Kawasaki||4 Laps|
|DNF||Andrew IRWIN||Honda||4 Laps|
|DNF||Héctor BARBERÁ||BMW||9 Laps|
|DNF||Taylor MACKENZIE||BMW||9 Laps|
|DNF||Danny BUCHAN||Kawasaki||15 Laps|
BSB Superbike Race Three
Glenn Irwin became the fifth different winner in the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the final race of the day at Snetterton, and in doing so added his name to an illustrious list of previous winners by claiming the Monster Energy Race of Aces trophy.
In the final race of the weekend, Christian Iddon got the leap off the pole position to lead the pack, ahead of his VisionTrack Ducati teammate Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati.
The Ducati trio were battling at the front with the order changing on lap four as Bridewell took the lead ahead of Brookes and Iddon when the trio went three deep into Wilsons. Meanwhile as they battled for the advantage, Glenn Irwin had been making his way up the order; he had been running seventh after the opening lap, but he was soon fighting with his brother Andrew for fourth place on track.
Glenn Irwin soon had made a move on his brother at Agostini on lap five, but Andrew was ready to fight back and a lap later regained the position at Riches.
As the Honda Racing pairing fought it out for fourth place, the VisionTrack Ducati teammates were also trading blows with Iddon moving ahead of Brookes into Wilson on lap six. The Australian was then coming under attack from Glenn Irwin, who had managed to get the better of his brother.
Glenn Irwin made his move on Brookes and then had Bridewell and Iddon ahead of him, after the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider had taken the advantage at the front of the pack.
By lap nine it had all shuffled again with Iddon leading from Bridewell with Glenn Irwin pushing the Ducati pairing ahead of him, the Honda Racing contender then moved into second with a move on lap nine at Agostini and then a lap later claimed the lead.
Brookes had moved into third and back into a podium position with Bridewell back in fourth place by lap 11 with Lee Jackson, Tarran Mackenzie and Andrew Irwin also in the lead group as the leading manufacturers battled for the points.
By lap 15 Bridewell had moved back ahead of Brookes and then had Iddon in his sights for second place after Glenn Irwin had edged a gap at the front in the closing stages. Bridewell waited until the final dive into Murrays to make a move on Iddon to put him into second, which he held until the finish line.
Jackson meanwhile had got the better of Brookes for fourth place on the final lap with Mackenzie leading the McAMS Yamahas home, just ahead of team-mate Jason O’Halloran. Andrew Irwin, Bradley Ray and Kyle Ryde completed the top ten.
Glenn Irwin leads the British Superbike Championship for Honda on 118-points with a handy 23-point buffer over Tommy Bridewell. Christian Iddon currently ranks third and Josh Brookes fourth with countryman Jason O’Halloran in fifth on 65-points.
Race Three Interviews
“The first race today was frustrating as I just couldn’t close the gap to the front group. The pace was the quickest it had been all weekend and I was struggling a bit with the bike as I was quick in some corners but slow in others and I was especially losing time through the mid-speed corners. The team had to change the engine between races, and they did a great job and I knew I had to make the most of my pole position. I didn’t have the pace to stay with Glenn and then Tommy mugged me on the final corner but with a first and a third, my first ever BSB win and a watch for pole position, it’s been a good weekend.”
“We’ve been through a lot of changes over the weekend; what an emotional roller coaster. In race one today, my settings were closer to where they should be, but not perfect. I was obviously happy to win which was a positive, but the last race was very frustrating, and my position was less than satisfying. The bike didn’t seem to work as well so I’m just disappointed and frustrated as I wasn’t able to control the race. We still have to work and make improvements but to take a second and first place is a strange feeling to be disappointed with. We will come back stronger.”
Johnny Mowatt – VistionTrack Ducati Team Co-ordinator
“Two wins and two podiums from a possible six results is very satisfying but we still need to strive for more. Now both riders have now got those first wins, we can definitely build on that and the plan is to carry that momentum into Silverstone. We need to work on why both Josh and Christian could only manage a pair of fifth place finishes each as well today, especially after yesterday’s 1-2, which we will do but to improve their championship positions is positive and we look forward to the next round.”
“You can look at this weekend and take all the negatives, or you can focus on the positives. I came here and we were always going to struggle starting from the back of the grid after the penalty from Donington. In today’s third race, I wrecked the tyre trying too hard, we missed out on information from yesterday’s race and the first race today, but it’s a weekend where we had pace and we showed that. We can go to Silverstone now and continue to show the pace we do have, we’re one of the fastest teams’ in this class, and we have to keep believing and getting stronger.”
“Getting my first win feels really good, it almost feels as good as the second places we’ve had! The seconds have felt like victories as we’ve always extended our championship lead, but this one was super-sweet, I really wanted that win and enjoyed how well the Fireblade was working. Getting the win is sweet and it’s a testament to how hard the team and myself work. The team is amazing there’s no egos whatsoever and everyone from either side of the garage, the Superstock 1000 team; we all work together, I’m really enjoying it and keeping our feet on the ground.”
BSB Superbike Race Three Results
|DNF||Peter HICKMAN||BMW||7 Laps|
|DNF||Graeme IRWIN||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|DNF||Jack KENNEDY||Yamaha||10 Laps|
|DNF||Alex OLSEN||BMW||12 Laps|
BSB Superbike Championship Points
|1||Glenn IRWIN (Honda)||118|
|2||Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati)||95|
|3||Christian IDDON (Ducati)||86|
|4||Josh BROOKES (Ducati)||82|
|5||Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha)||65|
|6||Andrew IRWIN (Honda)||58|
|7||Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha)||56|
|8||Lee JACKSON (Kawasaki)||52|
|9||Kyle RYDE (Suzuki)||44|
|10||Bradley RAY (BMW)||30|
|11||Luke MOSSEY (BMW)||28|
|12||Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki)||27|
|13||Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki)||27|
|14||Peter HICKMAN (BMW)||17|
|15||Gino REA (Suzuki)||16|
|16||Héctor BARBERÁ (BMW)||15|
|17||Alex OLSEN (BMW)||8|
|18||Jack KENNEDY (Yamaha)||7|
|19||Joe FRANCIS (BMW)||6|
|20||Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha)||2|
|21||Taylor MACKENZIE (BMW)||1|
Superstock 1000 Race
Tom Neave grabbed a penultimate lap victory in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 class at Snetterton. It was Billy McConnell who grabbed the holeshot to hold an early lead, but Rouse had found a way past the Australian by the time they came across the line to start lap four. Unable to break away, the duo remained in close contention throughout the race with Matt Truelove, Tom Neave, Tim Neave and Lewis Rollo in the podium fight too.
Coming back across the line to start lap 10 saw Tom Neave slice his way past McConnell and begin to chase down the race leader, finding a way past on the penultimate lap. Coming down to the final lap, the Honda Racing star was able to hold off Rouse to take the win with McConnell completing the podium in third.
Kiwi Damon Rees finished tenth but remains in third place in the championship standings after his strong form in the opening races.
Tumut’s Brayden Elliott bagged a couple of points with his 14th place finish and is 16th on the points table.
Superstock 1000 Race Results
|20||Dani SAEZ G||Kawasaki||+44.515|
|30||Barry TEASDALE||Kawasaki||+2 Laps|
|DNF||Shane RICHARDSON||BMW||4 Laps|
|DNF||Stephen SMITH||BMW||4 Laps|
|DNF||Luke HEDGER||Kawasaki||9 Laps|
|DNF||Leon JEACOCK||Suzuki||9 Laps|
|DNF||Luke JONES||Aprilia||11 Laps|
|DNF||Rob McNEALY||BMW||11 Laps|
Superstock 1000 Championship Points
|1||Tom NEAVE (Honda)||61|
|2||Chrissy ROUSE (BMW)||56|
|3||Damon REES (BMW)||42|
|4||Billy McCONNELL (BMW)||36|
|5||Tim NEAVE (Suzuki)||33|
|6||Matt TRUELOVE (BMW)||23|
|7||Joe COLLIER (Suzuki)||23|
|8||Danny KENT (Kawasaki)||23|
|9||Lewis ROLLO (Aprilia)||23|
|10||Davey TODD (Honda)||22|
|11||Fraser ROGERS (Kawasaki)||20|
|12||Luke HEDGER (Kawasaki)||13|
|13||Jordan WEAVING (Suzuki)||12|
|14||Richard COOPER (BMW)||9|
|15||Leon JEACOCK (Suzuki)||8|
|16||Brayden ELLIOTT (Suzuki)||5|
|17||Ian HUTCHINSON (BMW)||4|
|18||Shaun WINFIELD (Yamaha)||3|
|19||Luke HOPKINS (Kawasaki)||2|
|20||Joe SHELDON-SHAW (Suzuki)||1|
|21||David ALLINGHAM (Aprilia)||1|
Rory Skinner continued his dominant form in the Quattro Group British Supersport class with a fourth consecutive win. Lee Johnston grabbed the holeshot on the opening lap, leading Harry Truelove over the line but it was Skinner who moved up to second as they entered turn one on the second lap. Wasting no time in getting to the front, Skinner had taken the lead just a few corners later and immediately set about pulling a small gap over the rest of the pack.
With Skinner maintaining the pace at the front, Gearlink Kawasaki’s Ben Currie was up to third by lap three, with Truelove and Korie McGreevy in close contention. With a spots of rain reported around the circuit, the leading five riders were bunched together, with Johnston in close contention with Skinner.
Maintaining positions throughout the middle of the race, Bradley Perie was charging through the pack, moving up to fourth on lap 11 before taking third just a few corners later. Disaster would strike Currie moments later when he crashed out unhurt at the final corner.
Keeping his cool, Skinner was able to hold on for his fourth win of the season with Perie securing his career best result in second with Johnston completing the podium in third. Mason Law was the leading GP2 machine in ninth ahead of Charlie Nesbitt and Jack Scott.
After taking fifth on Saturday (Link), Ben Currie took no points on Sunday.
Supersport Race Results
|10||Charlie NESBITT||ABM GP2||+21.750|
|11||Jack SCOTT||Harris GP2||+27.256|
|12||Alastair SEELEY||ABM GP2||+29.625|
|13||Jorel BOERBOOM||Honda GP2||+34.294|
|14||Tom OLIVER||Chassis Factory GP2||+34.591|
|15||Dan JONES||FTR GP2||+35.205|
|18||Rob HARTOG||MV Agusta||+44.392|
|19||Jake ARCHER||Kalex GP2||+45.432|
|21||Cameron FRASER||Chassis Factory GP2||+1m07.973|
|23||Matthew WIGLEY||MW6R GP2||+1m28.380|
|25||Alan NAYLOR||Yamaha||+1 Lap|
|DNF||James ROSE||Kawasaki||1 Lap|
|DNF||Joey THOMPSON||Spirit GP2||1 Lap|
|DNF||Ben CURRIE||Kawasaki||5 Laps|
|DNF||Keenan ARMSTRONG||Kawasaki||6 Laps|
|DNF||Grant McINTOSH||Yamaha||8 Laps|
|DNF||Jack YOUNGE||Yamaha||13 Laps|
|DNF||Cameron HORSMAN||Chassis Factory GP2||14 Laps|
Supersport Championship Points
|1||Rory SKINNER (Yamaha)||100|
|2||James WESTMORELAND (Kawasaki)||64|
|3||Bradley PERIE (Yamaha)||63|
|4||Brad JONES (Yamaha)||41|
|4||Lee JOHNSTON (Yamaha)||39|
|5||Korie McGREEVY (Yamaha)||32|
|7||Richard KERR (Triumph)||30|
|8||Harry TRUELOVE (Yamaha)||29|
|9||Ross PATTERSON (Yamaha)||24|
|10||Rob HARTOG (MV Agusta)||22|
|11||Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki)||19|
|12||Kurt WIGLEY (Yamaha)||17|
|13||Phil WAKEFIELD (Yamaha)||15|
|14||Scott SWANN (Yamaha)||12|
|15||Tom TOPARIS (Yamaha)||11|
|16||James ROSE (Kawasaki)||8|
|17||Ricky TARREN (Yamaha)||8|
|18||Jamie PERRIN (Yamaha)||6|
|19||Ben WOTTON (Triumph)||6|
|20||Grant McINTOSH (Yamaha)||5|
|21||Alan NAYLOR (Yamaha)||5|
Junior Supersport Race Two
Joe Thomas grabbed his maiden victory in the Hel Performance British Junior Supersport class, with a win in the second race at Snetterton. With wet weather arriving at the start of the second Hel Performance British Junior Supersport Championship race, it became a race of attrition in the tricky condition. Leatherland mastered the conditions early on, leading Jenner and Davie over the line at the end of the opening lap.
Holding positions, Jenner took over front running on lap four, with Davie and Dixie in close contention. Dixon moved ahead on lap five, but a fast-charging Thomas was in front just two laps later where he was able to pull away from the pursuers. Crossing the line to take his first win in the class, Jenner secured second with Leatherland third.
After taking second place in the first bout out Saturday (Link), Seth Crump scored P5 in the second stanza and remains second in the championship standings.
Junior Supersport Race Two Results
|DNF||Andrew SMYTH||Kawasaki||1 Lap|
|DNF||Kam DIXON||Kawasaki||3 Laps|
|DNF||Kier ARMSTRONG||KTM||4 Laps|
|DNF||Lewis JONES||Kawasaki||6 Laps|
|DNF||Kevin COYNE||Kawasaki||6 Laps|
|DNF||James ROSE||Kawasaki||7 Laps|
|DNF||Jake HOPPER||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|DNF||Lucca ALLEN||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
|DNF||Alessandro VALENTE||KTM||8 Laps|
|DNF||Bradley WILSON||Kawasaki||8 Laps|
Junior Supersport Championship Points
|1||Owen JENNER (Kawasaki)||95|
|2||Seth CRUMP (Kawasaki)||67|
|3||Brody CROCKFORD (Yamaha)||44|
|4||Adon DAVIE (Kawasaki)||39|
|5||Cameron DAWSON (Kawasaki)||33|
|6||Ash BARNES (Kawasaki)||32|
|7||Oscar PINSON (Kawasaki)||32|
|8||Joseph THOMAS (Kawasaki)||29|
|9||Zak SHELTON (Kawasaki)||26|
|10||Osian JONES (Kawasaki)||23|
|11||Lewis JONES #25 (KTM)||21|
|12||Lynden LEATHERLAND (Kawasaki)||17|
|13||Cameron HALL (Kawasaki)||17|
|14||Kam DIXON (Kawasaki)||14|
|15||Chloe JONES (Yamaha)||13|
|16||Kier ARMSTRONG (KTM)||13|
|17||Christopher JOHNSON (Kawasaki)||8|
|18||Kai DICKINSON (Kawasaki)||7|
|19||Harris BEECH (Yamaha)||7|
|20||Finn SMART (Kawasaki)||6|
|21||Mcauley LONGMORE (Kawasaki)||4|
|22||Jake HOPPER (Kawasaki)||4|
|23||Lewis JONES #3 (Kawasaki)||2|
|24||James McMANUS (Kawasaki)||1|
Ducati TriOptions Cup Race Two
Josh Day doubled up on Ducati TriOptions Cup wins at Snetterton, with another dominant display in Sunday’s second race. It was Josh Day who grabbed the holeshot, but Ed Best and Levi Day had soon found their way past the race one winner. Best moved into the lead on lap four, but the three front runners were being chased down by Elliot Pinson, making it a four way battle for the lead by the halfway stage.
Moving back into the lead on lap seven, Josh Day was able to edge away from the pursuing pack to eventually take victory by 2.5s. Levi Day finished second, with Ed Best completing the podium in third.
Ducati TriOptions Cup Race Two Results
|22||Andrew HOWE||Ducati||+1 Lap|
|23||Andy BOOTH||Ducati||+1 Lap|
|24||Matthew FLOWER||Ducati||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Andre COMPTON||Ducati||4 Laps|
|DNF||Ben FALLA||Ducati||7 Laps|
|DNF||Dijon COMPTON||Ducati||9 Laps|
|DNF||Murray HAMBRO||Ducati||9 Laps|
Ducati TriOptions Cup Championship Points