BSB: Ducati’s Josh Brookes takes Vital Race Win in Round 17
VisionTrack Ducati’s Josh Brookes takes his fourth and most important win of the season! with McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran taking a second-place finish.
There was a silent hush of tension as the 24 BSB riders, with only five with a chance of taking the title, sat on the grid waiting for the lights to go out. It was McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie who got the holeshot with Ducati’s Brookes hot on his heels!
Brookes snatched the lead from Mackenzie on the first lap with Jason O’Halloran going with them in third place, the leading pair pulled away slightly with the McAMS rider not letting the Australian out of his grip, unfortunately, Mackenzie lost the front at Druids on the eighth lap meaning the championship hopes were over for the Leicestershire-based rider.
VisionTrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon was in third place and seemed to be having rear-end issues with his bike; he overcame them and was able to hold on to his third position. Honda’s Glenn Irwin seemed to be having technical problems too as Honda had made some changes to the bike this morning, unfortunately for the Northern Irish rider his championship title hopes were crushed as he went backwards in the 20-lap race and finished in a disappointing 12th place.
By lap 10 Brookes had a 2.5-second lead, positions stayed the same for the rest of the race, O’Halloran was catching his fellow country man with the gap going down to 1.3, it was just too late for him to catch Josh to fight for the win.
Lower down the order there was a four-way battle going on from Honda’s Andrew Irwin to Rapid Fulfillments FS 3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan, which Andrew got the better of his fellow riders finishing in fourth position. SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD’s Brad Ray suffered his second technical DNF of the weekend.
As we head into the last Bennetts British Superbike race, Josh Brookes has a 12 point advantage over his next competitor Jason O’Halloran and an 18 point lead over his team-mate Christian Iddon. Josh only needs to finish on the podium to win his second BSB Title, for Jason to win the title there are a few possibilities; Brookes to finish fourth or lower and Jason must win, If Jason was second Brookes must finish ninth or lower, If Jason was third he needs Brookes to finish 13 or lower!
However, If O’Halloran wins and Brookes is fourth, although the pair will be joint on points, the McAMS Yamaha rider would clinch the crown on podiums.
McAMS Yamaha’s Mackenzie will start from pole for ‘The Final’ with Brookes in second and O’Halloran in third. Can Mackenzie be the knife in Josh’s side and prevent him from getting his second championship title?
Round 18 will be a battle of the Aussies with the Stockport rider Christian Iddon with an outside chance of winning the 2020 BSB Championship Title.
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