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Josh Brookes held on to claim the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race win of the day at Silverstone as the Milwaukee Yamaha rider fought off the challenges of his rivals to beat Shane 'Shakey' Byrne to victory.

On the opening lap John Hopkins launched to the front of the pack on the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati but Brookes was instantly attacking and he moved ahead at Vale. Byrne had started from the fourth row of the grid and the defending champion made up two places on the opening lap as he began his battle through the pack.

James Ellison wasn't going to let Brookes get away though and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki burst through ahead of Hopkins and then was hunting his Australian rival. As the pack shuffled Danny Buchan crashed out unhurt at Copse, but at the front Ellison had closed down Brookes and there was just 0.8s separating the leading freight train of five riders. Meanwhile Byrne had worked his way through to fifth and was on a mission to get to the front.

Ellison claimed the lead from Brookes at Stowe on the seventh lap and he then held off the challenge from Brookes, Byrne who had moved through into third, Hopkins and the closing Peter Hickman. Brookes wasn't going to settle for the position though and he made a decisive move on the eleventh lap to charge ahead at Copse with Ellison taking the position back.

A lap later though and Ellison again was passed by Brookes and then pushed back to third by Byrne on the same lap as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki slid the JG Speedfit Kawasaki wide and managed to force it back into line.

Byrne was closing on Brookes but Ellison had Hickman for company on the penultimate lap and a move at Luffield saw the RAF Reserves BMW rider move ahead and Ellison then lost a further position to Hopkins who was still stalking him for the position.

Brookes held on to claim his third win in the Showdown from Byrne with Hickman returning to the podium as the leading Showdown spoiler ahead of Hopkins and Ellison. Michael Laverty held a lonely sixth place from the battling Dan Linfoot who got the better of Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon. Tommy Bridewell and Jakub Smrz completed the top ten.
Josh Brookes returned to the top step of the podium in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Silverstone to extend his advantage at the top of the standings ahead of the triple-header final round at Brands Hatch (16-18 October).

On the opening lap Shane 'Shakey' Byrne hit the front of the pack from his pole position ahead of Dan Linfoot and Peter Hickman with James Ellison also in close contention. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was instantly on the attack and first passed Hickman and then Linfoot within the space of four corners. Ellison then tried to do the same to Byrne, but the defending champion forced his way back ahead but he then made a move that stuck to lead the third lap.

Brookes had started from the second row and he was picking off his rivals throughout the opening laps, holding sixth on the same lap but by two laps later he had moved through to fourth and then made a move on both Linfoot and Byrne to move from fourth to second.

The Australian contender then dived ahead of race leader Ellison on the run through Maggotts to Becketts whilst Linfoot also had moved up to second ahead of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider with Laverty, Byrne and Iddon in the same group.

Brookes was moving ahead as Ellison dramatically dropped down the order with a grip problem to end the race outside the points in 17th place.

Linfoot and Laverty were exchanging blows for second place but the Honda Racing rider had the initial edge until the penultimate lap when the pair traded position three times in as many corners but the Tyco BMW emerged ahead and held off Linfoot to the line on the final lap.

Iddon celebrated his best performance of the season in fourth place for Bennetts Suzuki, snatching the position away from defending champion Byrne on the final lap as the PBM Kawasaki rider struggled over the final laps of the race.

Richard Cooper won his battle with Peter Hickman for seventh position with Lee Jackson and Luke Mossey completing the top ten which featured five different manufacturers and nine different teams.

"I certainly found it difficult at the start of the second race as I got pushed wide at turn one and I felt that I was in a good place and I was right next to John Hopkins and he beat me to the first turn and through the first section in the first race so I thought if I stayed with him it would make for a good race." Brookes explaind.

"Exiting the turn he moved wide and I got squeezed out and I lost momentum and a few positions. I knew right from the start it was then going to be difficult.

"I got momentum going again and I had a great battle with Christian Iddon but every time I got in front of him he would slam me back and I was wasting a lot of laps as I needed to make some forward progress.

"It wasn't until I was in front of him that I could move forward with confidence and the bike definitely worked better than race one. I moved to the front and then I could ride my own lines and rhythm and I had confidence to keep pushing harder and harder. I am looking forward to returning to Brands Hatch now for the final round."

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, race one result:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +0.688s
Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +1.923s
John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +2.745s
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +3.254s
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +3.480s
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +6.377s
Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +8.999s
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +11.786s
Jakub Smrz (Milwaukee Yamaha) +12.280s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, race two result:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +3.568s
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +3.748s
Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +5.050s
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +5.463s
Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +8.158s
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +8.507s
Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +9.690s
Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +9.884s
Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +13.965s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Silverstone:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 653
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 606
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 573
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 553
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 534
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 531

Top Image: Josh Brookes is in the box seat to win the 2015 British Superbike Championship

Credit: Britishsuperbike.com

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