2019 British Superbike Championship
Round Seven – Thruxton

Images by Dave Yeomans

Thruxton saw an exciting weekend of racing conclude on Sunday, with Andrew Irwin claiming the opening Bennetts British Superbike race win of the weekend – his first win in the series – ahead of Scott Redding and Josh Brookes.

In Race 2 however, it was Josh Brookes who maintained his momentum at the high-speed Hampshire circuit to claim the victory for Be Wiser Ducati, regulating Irwin to second-place, while Peter Hickman completed the podium, with Aussie Jason O’Halloran just tenths of a second behind in fourth.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

This marked O’Halloran’s second fourth place of the weekend in a solid result. Fellow Aussie Ben Currie was a DNF in Race 1, and came home in 20th in Race 2.

Taylor Mackenzie claimed the Superstock 1000 race win from Lee Jackson and Billy McConnell, with Richard Cooper launching into the lead from the start but finishing in fourth.

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Kyle Ryde – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

The Supersport class meanwhile saw Kyle Ryde take a narrow win in the second race of the weekend from Jack Kennedy with a tenth of a second between them, with Mason Law a distant third.


Bennetts British Superbike Race 1

At the start of Race 1 Peter Hickman launched off the front row to hit the front of the pack ahead of Andrew Irwin and Jason O’Halloran, but the Honda Racing rider hit the front of the field at the end of the opening lap.

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Peter Hickman – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

His rival instantly hit back to retake the position on the next lap, but Andrew Irwin was back on the attack and he was back in the lead as the pack streamed across the line to start the third lap. O’Halloran though was in fourth place, but he put a move on Christian Iddon and then as the freight train of riders headed into Club on lap four, the Australian had been able to claim the lead for McAMS Yamaha.

As O’Halloran led, the pack had shuffled again and Iddon was then into second place ahead of Andrew Irwin, Hickman, Tommy Bridewell, Scott Redding, Danny Buchan and Josh Brookes on lap six.

A lap later and Andrew Irwin and Hickman were inseparable, but Redding was also on the move and he was into fifth on the leading Be Wiser Ducati. Meanwhile O’Halloran was holding off the chasing pack, but the lead group of nine riders were all in contention.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

On lap ten Hickman moved back into the lead with Iddon then following him through on the brakes as the BMWs held first and second ahead of O’Halloran and Andrew Irwin. O’Halloran was ready to fight back, he made a move at Club a lap later and was back into second place.

The Smiths Racing BMW rider was trying to make a break from the pack, but his rivals could match his pace, while Iddon was dropping back and the Be Wiser Ducati pairing of Redding and Brookes were into fourth and fifth respectively with six laps remaining.

On lap 14 Andrew Irwin then went for a move to take the lead, pushing Hickman pack into second and into the clutches of Redding, O’Halloran and Brookes. Championship leader Redding made his move, lunging ahead of Hickman to move second with O’Halloran still pushing for his first podium of the season.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

O’Halloran was back into second a lap later before hitting the front of the field on lap 16 as the final strategies were coming into play over the final five laps of the race. The McAMS Yamaha rider was then holding off the pack that had again changed with Andrew Irwin back in second ahead of Brookes and Redding.

With two laps remaining Andrew Irwin had scythed his way back to the front of the pack with O’Halloran then back in second with Brookes and Redding fighting for third, however the 2015 champion was hungry for a top three finish and he was up to second, but on the final lap Redding was ahead of his teammate again.

On the final run into Club Redding looked to try and make a move on Andrew Irwin for the lead as equally Brookes was looking to move ahead of his teammate, however the Honda rider had the edge to cross the line ahead of the Be Wiser Ducati pairing.

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Andrew Irwin topped the Race 1 podium from Scott Redding and Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

O’Halloran just missed out on his first podium finish of the season ahead of Hickman and Buchan, who had worked his way through the pack into sixth. Xavi Forés had another strong performance to hold on to sixth place in the standings ahead of Tommy Bridewell and Luke Mossey. Ryan Vickers was back inside the top ten in his rookie season for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team.

Bennetts British Superbike Race 2

The second race had started with a battle for the lead between O’Halloran and Brookes with Hickman and race one winner Andrew Irwin in the mix, but on lap nine the race was red flagged as light rain began to fall.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

When the race restarted, Hickman had the jump off the line to lead on the opening lap from Brookes, Andrew Irwin and Bridewell. On the second lap Brookes was coming under fire from a determined Honda Racing rider, but Dan Linfoot was also on the move and he was up into third ahead of Hickman.

However a crash for Glenn Irwin at the Club chicane caused another red flag when the stricken Tyco BMW was in the middle of the track and leaking fluid. The Racesafe marshals worked to clear the scene before the race was restarted again with an eight-lap sprint to the chequered flag.

On the final restart Brookes wasn’t taking any prisoners and he fired himself into the lead and then went to make a break, eventually crossing the line 4.276s ahead of the chasing pack to claim his fifth victory of the season for Be Wiser Ducati.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

The battle for second ensued behind with Andrew Irwin and Hickman banging fairings in their quest to break into the top six in the standings. The pair were trading blows with Bridewell, Hickman, Iddon, O’Halloran and Redding also all in the mix.

However, a mistake on lap three saw Redding run on at Club and having not completed the re-join into the race correctly, he was issued a long lap penalty. The Be Wiser Ducati rider had three laps to complete the long lap as the race laps counted down, however he failed to do so, and despite crossing the line in a podium position, he was given the ride through equivalent penalty of 15 seconds. That dropped him down to 22nd and outside of the points.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

Andrew Irwin meanwhile had his strongest weekend of his career claiming a second place in race two, ahead of Hickman who was third to take the first podium finish for the new BMW S1000 RR.

O’Halloran had completed his best performance of the season to finish in fourth place for McAMS Yamaha, holding off Bridewell in the closing stages.

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Josh Brookes topped the Race 2 podium from Irwin and Bridewell – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton

Iddon equalled his best race result of the season in sixth place ahead of Xavi Forés, who just dropped outside of the top six in the points ahead of Cadwell Park. Buchan maintained his position inside the top six with an eighth place ahead of Luke Mossey and Linfoot who completed the top ten.

Andrew Irwin – 1-2

“Thruxton has probably been the best weekend of my life, it’s one that you never think will happen! I’ve had so much fun riding this weekend. We did loads of homework on Friday and Saturday and the Fireblade has been so good in all sessions, the boys did an awesome job! It is such an amazing feeling to win! I think I passed Jason going into the last lap or something like that and I felt like I had some tyre left. The pace was funny it went up and down a lot with whoever went to the lead. I just wanted to put a strong lap together on the last lap. It is a dream come true, it’s been a tough road to get here, the best road and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. Whenever I won a Supersport race, I only won one but my team-mate helped me along the way so this feels like my first proper win that I’ve ever got so I’m delighted and I can’t thank Honda enough for all their hard work.”

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton
Josh Brookes – 3-1

“Tyre conservation is on your mind all weekend here at Thruxton so with the second race going from 20 laps to 13 laps and then down to eight laps, I could ride exactly how I wanted to and just went full speed as the tyre was always going to last eight laps.I just got my head down and went for it and whilst it may not have been as close as the first race, I enjoyed it a lot more. The field is so level now, every race is tough but Pirelli have done a great job with the tyres and they’re a little bit easier to manage around here now and although I still wanted more from myself, I was happy with the first race podium.I got pushed around a bit too much on track and needed to find a little bit more confidence, so the second race win has given me exactly what I needed and it’s great to be back on the top step.”

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton
Jason O’Halloran – 4-4

“It was good to get some solid finishes. I am a little bit disappointed not to be on the podium as I felt we had really good pace in both races. We’ll take fourth today, the boys have done a good job. I’ve said it the last couple of rounds, if we get a full weekend without any issues in practice and qualifying and we’ll be back up the sharp end and that’s what we’ve done this weekend. Everybody has done a great job and it feels nice to have some momentum and build through the first two days of the weekend. I had a crash at Snetterton and to be honest I’ve had a bit of an issue with my left shoulder, so I have to thank my physio and the physio team at the track. We’ve got a couple of weeks off before Cadwell, so I’ll try and get a bit fitter and see if we can carry this momentum to Cadwell.”

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 7, Thruxton
Xavi Forés – 7-7

“To be honest I feel frustrated this weekend, I had good pace to be on the podium, but starting towards the back of the grid was hard to manage. The first few laps here are crazy and I had to adapt quite a bit to be strong in the first part of the race. The second race I did the third fastest lap, which means I am always improving lap-by-lap. Coming home with two seventh place finishes is good for me, especially at this kind of track where I have not ridden before and it’s not easy for me to defend my position. I feel if we can improve our qualification for the next races we will be so much more competitive. Good job from all the team, we had a great weekend and especially with Andrew’s win and podium, I feel we now have a really good package with the Fireblade.”


PosRiderTime/Gap
1Andrew Irwin25m36.676
2Scott Redding+0.223
3Josh Brookes+0.635
4Jason O’Halloran+0.754
5Peter Hickman+1.185
6Danny Buchan+2.862
7Xavi Forés+3.011
8Tommy Bridewell+3.172
9Luke Mossey+4.495
10Ryan Vickers6.717
11Glenn Irwin+6.829
12Bradley Ray+12.233
13Claudio Corti+15.489
14Luke Stapleford+15.647
15Dan Linfoot+17.306
16James Ellison+17.420
17Christian Iddon+18.997
18Josh Elliott+25.699
19Fraser Rogers+27.193
20Héctor Barberá+27.951
21Sam Coventry+29.748
22Dean Hipwell+29.828
23David Allingham+30.659
24Shaun Winfield+42.494
Not Classified
DNFBen Currie6 Laps
DNFDanny Kent10 Laps
DNFMatt Truelove13 Laps
PosRiderTime/Gap
1Josh Brookes10m06.166
2Andrew Irwin+4.276
3Peter Hickman+4.288
4Jason O’halloran+4.534
5Tommy Bridewell+5.345
6Christian Iddon+5.660
7Xavi Forés+5.970
8Danny Buchan+7.500
9Luke Mossey7.708
10Dan Linfoot+7.883
11James Ellison+8.113
12Luke Stapleford+8.240
13Bradley Ray+9.467
14Claudio Corti+10.690
15Josh Elliott+12.312
16Héctor Barberá+12.902
17Sam Coventry+14.727
18Danny Kent+16.574
19David Allingham+17.152
20Ben Currie+17.328
21Shaun Winfield+18.288
22Scott Redding+19.162
PosRiderPoints
1Scott REDDING (Ducati)246
2Josh BROOKES (Ducati)226
3Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati)207
4Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki)150
5Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha)144
6Andrew IRWIN (Honda)139
7Xavi FORÉS (Honda)132
8Peter HICKMAN (BMW)123
9Christian IDDON (BMW)102
10Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha)90
11Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki)86
12Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha)73
13Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki)58
14Keith FARMER (BMW)54
15Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki)48
16Bradley RAY (Suzuki)45
17Glenn IRWIN (Kawasaki)44
18Héctor BARBERÁ (Kawasaki)31
19Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki)28
20Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki)25
21James ELLISON (BMW)23
22Michael LAVERTY (BMW)12
23David ALLINGHAM (Yamaha)6
24Dean HARRISON (Kawasaki)4
25Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki)3
26Sam COVENTRY (Kawasaki)1

British Superstock 1000

Taylor Mackenzie grabbed a last lap, last corner victory in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 class, topping the podium ahead of Lee Jackson and Billy McConnell.

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Taylor Mackenzie – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Championship leader Richard Cooper launched off the line to lead into the first corner, holding that position for the first half of the race.

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Billy McConnell – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

On lap 11 Jackson took his turn at running at the front with Mackenzie moving through to second. Coming down to the final lap, Jackson led into the final corner but a move from Mackenzie saw him able to clinch the win.

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Taylor Mackenzie took the win from Lee Jackson and Billy McConnell – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Brayden Elliott had to settle for 25th, while fellow Australian Levi Day recorded a DNF result.

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Brayden Elliott – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Levi Day

“I had the pace to run with the front group on a worn tire today but didn’t get that far as I got a bit eager early on in the race! My own error, just ran it in hot into turn 1, on the 3rd lap and slightly off line. Sorry to my team and sponsors, we had good pace this weekend and we didn’t get to show it in the final stages of the race. Thank you for all your hard work and giving me an amazing bike to ride! Regroup for Cadwell Park.”

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Levi Day- 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

British Superstock 1000 Results


PosRiderTime/Gap
1Taylor MACKENZIE20m37.100
2Lee JACKSON+0.361
3Billy McCONNELL+0.553
4Richard COOPER+1.569
5Alex OLSEN+3.859
6Luke JONES+8.648
7Tom NEAVE+9.844
8Andrew REID+10.094
9Chrissy ROUSE+11.610
10Luke HEDGER+16.824
11Michael RUTTER+18.953
12Paul McCLUNG+20.307
13Tom WARD+20.490
14Tim NEAVE+22.684
15Graeme IRWIN+23.054
16Barry TEASDALE+26.388
17Milo WARD+26.562
18Joe COLLIER+26.864
19Benjamin GODFREY+27.193
20George STANLEY+27.400
21Jordan WEAVING+27.572
22Leon JEACOCK+30.259
23Daniel COOPER+30.877
24Ashley BEECH+31.912
25Brayden ELLIOTT+33.599
26Rob McNEALY+34.352
27Bjorn ESTMENT+37.238
28Jamie TIBBLE+40.827
29Sam COX+41.122
30Joe SHELDON-SHAW+42.174
31James WHITE+53.215
32Max ALEXANDER+1m05.156
33Jim WALKER+1m15.404
34Paul WESTERDALE+1m16.406
35Michael AUSTIN1 Lap
Not Classified
DNFEemeli LAHTI+38.284
DNFAllister HAYNES5 Laps
DNFLevi DAY14 Laps
DNFLewis ROLLO14 Laps
PosRiderPoints
1Richard COOPER269.5
2Taylor MACKENZIE239
3Lee JACKSON162
4Alex OLSEN150.5
5Lewis ROLLO94.5
6Tom NEAVE92.5
7Chrissy ROUSE83.5
8Eemeli LAHTI76.5
9Luke HEDGER69.5
10Levi DAY59
11Andrew REID58.5
12Billy McCONNELL50.5
13Tom WARD50
14Benjamin GODFREY42.5
15Luke JONES34
16Tim NEAVE33.5
17Joe COLLIER21
18Leon JEACOCK19
19Michael RUTTER13
20Rob McNEALY12
21Bjorn ESTMENT11
22Barry TEASDALE10
23Paul McLUNG8.5
24Dan COOPER7
25George STANLEY7
26Milo WARD6
27Jordan WEAVING5.5
28Brayden ELLIOTT5
29Tom TUNSTALL3.5
30Dan STAMPER3.5
31Lee WILLIAMS2
32James WHITE2
33Graeme IRWIN2
34Davey TODD1
35James HENRY1
36Aaron CLARKE0.5
37Craig NEVE0.5
38Joe SHELDON-SHAW0.5

British Superport

In a carbon copy of Saturday’s Sprint race, Kyle Ryde was able to power his GP2 machine to victory on track, narrowly beating the Supersport bike of Jack Kennedy. As he did in the Sprint, Brad Jones grabbed the holeshot but Ryde had soon found a way through as had Kennedy.

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Dickies Supersport race start – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

The leading trio were able to build a small gap over the pursuers but a Safety Car on lap five brought the field back together. Coming in at the end of lap eight, it left just ten laps to battle out for the win. Ryde and Kennedy were able to extend away from Jones and Mason Law and despite trying to find a way through, Kennedy eventually finished second on track and taking the Supersport win.

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Kyle Ryde – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Jones eventually secured second place in the Supersport category ahead of Tom Oliver, moving ahead of Alastair Seeley in the Championship standings.

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Jack Kennedy – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

British Supersport Results


PosRiderTime/gap
1Kyle Ryde24m19.934
2Jack Kennedy+0.131
3Mason Law+5.754
4Brad Jones+6.218
5Tom Oliver+6.342
6Charlie Nesbitt+6.378
7Richard Kerr+9.701
8Lee Johnston+10.910
9Alastair Seeley+11.924
10Josh Owens+12.207
11Harry Truelove+12.969
12Rory Skinner+14.009
13Jack Scott+17.319
14Sam Wilford+19.561
15Thomas Strudwick+23.347
16Ross Patterson+23.964
17Jorel Boerboom+25.465
18Jake Archer+33.872
19Tomás De Vries+34.059
20Sam Munro+36.441
21Kurt Wigley+38.791
22Alan Naylor+1m17.676
Not Classified
DNFAaron Ridewood10 Laps
DNFBradley Perie16 Laps
DNFBen Wilson17 Laps
PosRiderPoints
1Jack KENNEDY295
2Brad JONES252
3Alastair SEELEY248
4Harry TRUELOVE128
5Richard KERR123
6Ben WILSON111
7Tom OLIVER109
8Lee JOHNSTON96
9Bradley PERIE86
10Rory SKINNER85
11Kurt WIGLEY79
12Charlie NESBITT77
13Ross PATTERSON59
14Ross TWYMAN50
15Phil WAKEFIELD24
16Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI19
17Eugene McMANUS18
18Sam MUNRO17
19Matt WIGLEY16
20Ian HUTCHINSON14
21Alan NAYLOR12
22James McLAREN6
23William WHITE6
24Ben WOTTON4
25Ryan DIXON3
26Grant McINTOSH3
27Dominic PETTIT2
28Aaron RIDEWOOD2
29Jason LYNN1
30Paul JORDAN1

HEL Performance British Motostar

Asher Durham was able to take victory in the opening Hel Performance British Motostar race at Thruxton after an intense last lap battle. Victor Rodriguez scorched off the line to take the lead, controlling the race at the front for the majority of the race before he started slipping back through the pack, eventually retiring on lap 11.

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Asher Durham and Sharni Pinfold – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Coming down to the final corner on the final lap, Durham was able to grab victory on the run to the line. Pole man Brandon Paasch eventually secured second ahead of Josh Whatley. Franco Bourne took the Standard class win ahead of Knight and Fieldhouse. Aussie Sharni Pinfold came home in ninth.

Asher Durham went on to double up on Thruxton Hel Performance British Motostar victories in an action-packed second race. With the initial running red flagged, the race restarted over nine laps and it was Victor Rodriguez who grabbed the holeshot but it was a race long duel for the lead with Josh Whatley, Dan Jones, Scott Swann, Rodriguez and Brandon Paasch trading place throughout.

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Asher Durham claimed the Race 2 win for a double – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

An incident at the final chicane on lap seven saw Whatley and Swann crash out, leaving Rodriguez, Paasch, Jones and Durham to battle it out. Durham was able to take the victory ahead of Paasch and Jones. Pinfold improved on the Race 1 result, coming home in sixth in the second outing.

Sharni Pinfold

“Little bit of a tricky weekend here at Thruxton. Got passed fit to race four weeks post-collarbone surgery. Managed to get comfortable on the bike on Friday in practice. Unfortunately had a strange crash in qualifying in a 180km/h corner, luckily didn’t get too hurt. Qualified in 10th place, struggled a bit in Race 1 and finished P9. Felt a bit more comfort in today’s race, still not where I was hoping to be. Finished Race 2 in P6 overall. Still smiling, thanks a lot to my team and everyone that makes it possible.”

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Sharni Pinfold – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
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