Speedcorner.net – Suzuki rider Bradley Ray again defeated the established BSB stars in the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, celebrating his second victory this weekend.
Bradley Ray surprisingly celebrated his first BSB victory on Easter Sunday at the inaugural British Superbike Championship. The only 20-year-old Suzuki driver drove the fastest lap of the race and thus he was also on the front of the grid on Easter Monday. Second place went to six-time BSB Champion Shane Byrne on his Ducati.
Glenn Irwin (Ducati), who despite his severe accident in free practice, in which he suffered a neck injury, got the permission to race from the race doctors, started from third position. James Ellison (Yamaha) opened the second row in front of Dan Linfoot (Honda), Jason O’Halloran (Honda), Leon Haslam (Kawasaki), Luke Mossey (Kawasaki), Danny Buchan (Kawasaki) and Peter Hickman (BMW).
The surfacing on the former Grand Prix circuit was still damp in some places before the start, the outside temperatures were 11 degrees Celsius. The choice of tires became a game of poker, as the sections with the new surface dried off more slowly than the passages with the old asphalt. Most pilots trusted in slick tires.
Ray made a rocket launch, Linfoot stormed into second place forward. Haslam headed the followers pulk ahead of Byrne, Buchan, Irwing, and Ellison. The track dried up and the lap times got faster and faster. After eight laps, Haslam passes Linfoot and Ray is in control of everything. In the tenth round, Ellison crashes at the Melbourne hairpin exit. Dixon rammed Mossey off the track, but both continue.
With incredible cleverness, Bradley Ray maintained his lead against the established veterans on these challenging track conditions and celebrated his second BSB victory this weekend. Logically, he also takes the lead in the overall classification. Haslam finished the race in second place ahead of Linfoot, Buchan, Byrne, Iddon, Irwing, Mossey, O’Halloran, Laverty, Brookes, Dixon and Cooper.