Fastest lap of the weekend logged on penultimate lap to prove the durability of the Pirelli Superbike slick tyres
Alex Lowes took an impressive double victory at Cadwell Park in front of his massed local fans to crown a weekend of spectacular action.
Rain during Saturday’s practice saw riders utilise the Pirelli Diablo Wet tyres with their deep water dispersing tread but the rest of the weekend remained dry and warm, continuing the unbroken run of good race day weather.
As in previous rounds the entire BSB grid chose the SC1 Diablo Superbike rear tyre for optimum grip and durability whilst the vast majority also utilised the softer front option. Riders who preferred the feeling of the harder SC2 front included the Buildbase BMW riders James Westmoreland and Jon Kirkham plus local rider Peter Hickman.
The fastest race lap of the weekend was logged by Josh Brookes on the penultimate lap (lap 17, race two) in a time of 1:27.422. This was extremely impressive for Pirelli showing the flag to flag durability of the tyres, especially as the track temperature neared 40 degrees all day.
Pirelli Moto UK again played host to motorcycle clubs and groups to give members an insight into the Pirelli race tyre operation and the development of new products such as the Angel GT Sport Touring tyres. Fans enjoying a free day of action and hospitality included MCE Insurance policyholders and the local Wolds Bikers Club.
Alex Lowes stunned the paddock during qualifying to log a devastating 1:26.708 circulation to take pole, an incredible six tenths quicker than Shakey Byrne. The Lincolnshire rider celebrated by crossing the track to throw his Pirelli cap into the bumper Sunday qualifying crowd. Brookes undid all his hard work in practice as he slipped off in Q3 to end up seventh, on the third row of the three abreast grid.
Monday saw an even bigger crowd turn out in fantastic weather to throng the rolling hillsides of this natural arena.
Byrne took the race one holeshot but his lead was shortlived as Lowes pounced early on the first lap, to the roar of the partisan crowd. Lowes then maintained his lead until the chequered flag from a consistent Byrne. The battle for the final podium position was fought between Ellison and Brookes with the high-jumping Aussie getting the better of Ellison, deep in the ‘Woodland’ section. Ellison then slipped off giving fourth to Tommy Bridewell.
The final Superbike race witnessed Josh Brookes make a fast start before Lowes again took the lead at Park Corner. Brookes had a massive moment as he flew over the Mountain and Bridewell took advantage before the Aussie retook him a few laps later. But there was more drama to come on the final lap as Brookes pulled off an audacious move on Lowes at ‘Park’ before crashing out at Mansfield seconds later! Lowes took the plaudits of his local Lincolnshire crowd after an impressive double win.
Bridewell completed yet another impressive ride since his move to Halsall Racing as he took a well deserved and hard fought second place. Shakey finished in a comparatively poor fourth place after making a bad start off the line but remains in the series lead.
Pirelli Racing Manager Jason Griffiths commented, “What a fantastic weekend at Cadwell! From a tyre perspective Josh Brookes setting the fastest lap on lap 17 of race two was the highlight of a great weekend.
The Supersport feature race saw a close battle with the lead riders opting for different solutions of Diablo Supercorsa. Billy McConnell utilised the SC1 solution to win the race from Ben Wilson and Jason O’Halloran, who both used the softer SC0 option. O’ Halloran logged the fastest lap on the 11th circuit.”
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park
Race one result:
1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)
2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.056s
3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.969s
4. Tommy Bridewell (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +4.626s
5. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +14.827s
6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +16.040s
7. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +16.213s
8. Peter Hickman (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +19.183s
9. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +28.682s
10. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +29.267s
Race two result:
1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)
2. Tommy Bridewell (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +0.892s
3. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +4.371s
4. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +6.375s
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +9.787s
6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +16.095s
7. Peter Hickman (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +16.197s
8. Josh Waters (Milwaukee Yamaha) +17.379s
9. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +29.029s
10. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +31.420s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Cadwell Park:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 330 (35 podium points)
2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 293 (27)
3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 284 (22)
4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 174 (12)
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 162 (4)
6. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 135
Next round: Donington Park – 6-8 August