MCE British Superbike Championship - Karl Harris

MCE British Superbike Championship – Karl Harris

With Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes and Alex Lowes having secured their position in the ‘Showdown’ at Oulton Park, they now turn their attention to securing all important podium credits while the battle for the remaining three slots heats up with just four races left.

Pirelli Overview

Despite weather forecasts, the rain failed to materialise at the previous round at Oulton Park meaning the 2013 Championship has yet to use the Pirelli Diablo Rain tyre during a race, and with a second mini heatwave expected over the Bank Holiday, the good run looks set to continue.

The new SC1 ‘softer’ rear compound, which features a wider operating temperature window, was introduced at the start of the season and has proved very successful, with the victor from each of the fifteen races so far this season having used the tyre.

Cadwell Park is possibly the most unique circuit on the calendar, with a fast and flowing opening section which leads into the tight and twisty second half, which also sees the riders getting airborne over the iconic Mountain section.

This weekend also sees races from the both the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championships and the Triumph Triple Challenge. Every competitor will use the new 2013 Diablo Supercorsa SC control tyre.

Race Preview

With just two rounds left of the main season, the battle to make the all-important top six and secure a place in ‘Showdown’ is heating up. While eleven riders have a mathematical possibility of making it, the battle for the final three positions will be likely to come down to a five way scrap between James Ellison, Ryuichi Kiyonari, the BMW’s of Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland and rookie PJ Jacobsen.

Having secured their own places at Oulton, Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes and Alex Lowes will now be going all out for podium credits as they seek to take an advantage going into the final part of the Championship chase.

In the British Supersport category, Alastair Seeley continues to build his advantage at the top of the table, however victory has been far from easy for the Gearlink Kawasaki rider. With regular fairing bashing, the class is proving to be an incredibly exciting Championship.

Brookes flies over the mountain at Cadwell Park

Brookes flies over the mountain at Cadwell Park

Pirelli View

Pirelli Racing Manager Jason Griffiths commented, “Cadwell Park is a unique circuit in terms of layout but is not an abrasive surface so tyre wear is not a major factor. Tommy Hill has won the last four races here, so this weekend we will definitely see a new victor in front of what is sure to be a huge crowd.

The SC1 rear solution will be the tyre of choice for the whole grid. The elevation changes at Cadwell which load the front tyre may see the SC2 front solution utilised by more riders”

View from behind the screen

Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes has had a busy year, taking on the challenge of the Isle of Man TT and the Suzuka 8-hour race amongst his BSB duties. He remains one of the most spectacular riders to watch over the Mountain.

Brookes said: “Cadwell Park is a special event and I always like to put on a show for the spectators when jumping over the Mountain – but I actually don’t consider the track as one of my favourites. It’s a great circuit, but it can be really difficult to pass as it is so narrow in places. It is also a place you have to be super concentrated to make sure you get a good grid slot, especially as there are only three on each row.

You have to approach the two different sections of the track slightly differently, keeping it smooth during the first sector, using it for passing into the braking areas. The Woodland part can be very hard to pass as it is off camber, so there is really only one line.

Cadwell is pretty good on tyre wear, it’s quite an old track and not too abrasive so it doesn’t push the tyre so much. Setting the bike up for tyre conservation is minimal and it’s more about setting the bike up for the diverse conditions.

The Tyco Suzuki package is really coming together and with the Showdown just around the corner, and having secured my place already, it is no longer about points – a fourth is like a no-show for these podium credits, so it is all about winning races now!”


2012 Flashback:


Race one result:

1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha)

2. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +2.753s

3. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +3.628s

4. Danny Buchan (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +5.529s

5. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +6.570s

6. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +6.703s

7. Karl Harris (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +7.794s

8. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +15.051s

9. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +15.110s

10. Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +17.055s


Race two result:

1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha)

2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +2.161s

3. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +2.594s

4. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +2.730s

5. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +12.591s

6. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +17.425s

7. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +17.771s

8. Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +17.850s

9. Karl Harris (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +21.724s

10. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +22.100s


Championship standings after Oulton Park:

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 297 (33 podium credits)

2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 268 (21 podium credits)

3: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 243 (21 podium credits)

4: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 158 (11 podium credits)

5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 142 (4 podium credits)

6: Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 126 (0 podium credits)


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