BSB: Bradley Ray Wins The Ebay Sprint Race At Knockhill.
Bradley Ray Takes The Victory At A Windy Knockhill, Winning His Third Race Of The 2022 Season.
The scenic circuit of Knockhill hosts round four of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. The current 2022 championship leader OMG Rich Energy Racing’s Bradley Ray was on pole position with McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran in second place and FS-3 Racing’s Lee Jackson in third place. Reigning Superbike champion Tarran Mackenzie crashed during Q1, the young Scottish home rider couldn’t take part in the race due to his R1 Yamaha not being fixed in time for the start of the race.
Christian Iddon and Josh Owens had a coming together on the sighting lap on the last corner Taylors Hairpin, as a result Josh wasn’t able to take part in the race.
Bradley Ray got the holeshot in to Duffus Dip, Danny Buchan launched himself into third place place. Jason O’Halloran hung on to second place, Rory Skinner was up to third place after one lap; the home rider then took second place at Clark Corner.
Kyle Ryde put the fastest lap in after three laps and was in fourth place, Kyle’s team-mate was still leading the charge at the front. Lee Jackson was in sixth place just behind Buchan, Kyle was lapping faster than the riders who were in front of him. Storm Stacey was having a strong ride in ninth place, the Staffordshire rider has been on good form all weekend.
Dan Jones crashed out at Park on lap eight, the youngster was up and ok. Iddon pulled in to the pits, the crash on the sighting lap must of hampered his Suzuki machinery.
O’Halloran sat up Skinner to take back the second place position; Kyle also demoted the young Scott and took the third place position. Ray put the fastest lap time in on lap 12, which was a race lap record at the Knockhill circuit.
Just passed the half-way stage of the race there was a four-way battle for third place between Ryde, Skinner, Jackson and Danny Buchan. Tommy Bridewell was the leading Ducati rider in eighth place, just behind Honda’s Glenn Irwin who was in seventh place.
Kyle lost three positions on lap 17 just before the Taylors Hairpin, putting the Nottinghamshire rider back to sixth place. Team-mates Skinner and Jackson were battling for third place; Skinner was riding defensive holding on to the final podium position.
Bradley Ray crossed the finish line to take his third victory of the 2022 season, Jason O’Halloran finished in a comfortable second place, Skinner won the battle for third place, Jackson was fourth with Buchan finishing in fifth place.
Bradley Ray is now leading the championship by 33 points from Jason O’Halloran. Can the Kent rider continue his winning form tomorrow? Bradley is on pole position for race two tomorrow.
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