Results from race two, round eight of the 2022 Bennetts Superbike Championship at Snetterton.
Bradley Ray doubled up after snatching a late win from Tarran Mackenzie in the second race at Snetterton, which decided the Showdown places at round eight.
Bradley Ray enjoyed a clean battle at the front with fellow Yamaha rider Tarran Mackenzie which saw him come out on top around the Snetterton 300 layout for the second time at Snetterton.
The Rich Energy OMG racing rider started on pole but was immediately put under pressure from the defending champion.
|British Superbike Snetterton – Race results (2)|
|1||Bradley Ray||GBR||RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha||28m 56.976s|
|2||Tarran Mackenzie||GBR||McAMS Yamaha||0.267s|
|3||Tommy Bridewell||GBR||Oxford Products Racing Ducati||7.201s|
|4||Glenn Irwin||GBR||Honda Racing UK||7.896s|
|5||Peter Hickman||GBR||FHO Racing BMW||9.450s|
|6||Kyle Ryde||GBR||RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha||11.526s|
|7||Danny Buchan||GBR||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||12.037s|
|8||Lee Jackson||GBR||FS-3 Racing Kawasaki||12.945s|
|9||Jason O’Halloran||AUS||McAMS Yamaha||13.622s|
|10||Tom Sykes||GBR||MCE Ducati||16.974s|
|11||Rory Skinner||GBR||FS-3 Racing Kawasaki||22.084s|
|12||Josh Brookes||AUS||MCE Ducati||29.359s|
|13||Storm Stacey||GBR||Team LKQ Euro Parts Kawasaki||32.655s|
|14||Tom Neave||GBR||Honda Racing UK||36.648s|
|15||Ryo Mizuno||JAP||Honda Racing UK||39.244s|
|16||Liam Delves||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki||1 lap|
|17||Leon Haslam||GBR||Visiontrack Kawasaki||3 laps|
|18||Dean Harrison||GBR||DAO Racing Kawasaki||10 laps|
|19||Christian Iddon||GBR||Buildbase Suzuki||12 laps|
|20||Leon Jeacock||GBR||Specsavers Suzuki||12 laps|
|21||Josh Owens||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki||12 laps|
|22||Andrew Irwin||GBR||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||14 laps|
|23||Danny Kent||GBR||Buildbase Suzuki||0 laps|
|24||Takumi Takahashi||JAP||Honda Racing UK||0 laps|
|25||Chrissy Rouse||GBR||Crowe Performance BMW||DNS|
The #28 stayed out front until he ran wide on lap six, where he ran wide at the hairpin and Mackenzie, who had put in a new record lap while behind, took advantage of the error.
Keeping in close company, Ray played a waiting game, going for the win on the last lap. Lining up Mackenzie in the run to the straight, he passed and managed to hold the move and stay ahead, with it the the #1 rider needing to find away around.
Not near enough to make a move in the final corner and without enough slipstream to try and overtake to the line, Mackenzie shook his head as Ray punched the air in victory.
There was only 0.267s between the duo, with Tommy Bridewell quickly regaining third after a slow start where he remained for Oxford Products Ducati, holding off a late challenge from Honda’s Glenn Irwin.
Peter Hickman benefited from Christian Iddon having an issue ahead, but put excellent passes on fading Tom Skyes and Kyle Ryde to claim fifth for FHO racing as the best BMW on track.
Showdown places confirmed
Ryde halted his fall through the field, having been as high as fourth in the race, guaranteeing his Showdown slot from sixth on the second Rich Energy OMG machine.
Bridewell’s third saw him also make the showdown, with Lee Jackson’s eighth in the race enough for the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki rider to also make it in before the third race.
Ryde had the biggest competiton as he was eighth overall before the race, with Danny Buchan willing to put everything on the line to try at grab the final spot.
Having pulled himself back into contention with a double win at Cadwell Park, the Synetiq BMW Motorrad rider had his back against the wall again after a poor qualifying left him down the grid, leading to being the victim of a three-way carsh right at the start of the sprint race.
That fall saw Buchan down the gird again – starting race two in 20th. Aggressive riding saw him pick up five places on the first lap and he kept the momentum going. On reaching Tom Skyes and Lee Jackson he forced his way underneath and then had Ryde in his sights.
With finishing ahead of the #77 the only chance to keep his Showdown hopes on track he made a final lunge to pull closer on track but ran too wide, that saw the #83 drop back a place. He fought back to finish the race seventh, but it was not enough with Ryde ahead in sixth.
Jason O’Halloran was ninth as an off-key weekend continued for the Australian. The McAMS Yamaha rider was riding in the top five when he was hit from behind by an impatient move from Andrew Irwin, he crashed after contact with his front tyre and O’Halloran’s rear wheel. The #22 lost positions as he recovered from the incident.
Tom Sykes completed the top twn for MCE Ducati.
After missing the sprint race to recover after a big crash in qualifying Rory Skinner was back in action as started stone dead last on the grid.
The Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 rider pushed his Kawasaki to the limit, and was just outside the points places by the end of the first lap.
Skinner continued his forward trajectory to finish eleveth, making up an incredible fourteen places over the course of the race.
Josh Brookes was a distant twelfth on the MCE Ducati, with his own gao back to 13th placed Storm Stacey (Team LKQ Euro Car PArts Kawasaki).
Honda’s Tom Neave crossed the line 14th , with his team-mate, Japanese rider Ryo Mizuno, picking up the final point.
The only other riders to see the chequered flag were Liam Delves in 16th for Rapid CDh Kawasaki and Leon Haslam , who had pulled into the pits after running off track but returned to be classed as three laps down.
Dean Harrison, Christian Iddon, Leon Jeacock and Josh Owens all pulled into the pits and retired. Takumi Takahashi took out Danny Kent when he fell on the first lap.
Chrissy Rouse missed the race after an issue on the warm-up lap.
Qualifying:1:Christian Iddon (1m 54.591s)2:Kyle Ryde
BSB Snetterton Lap Record – 2017 Shane Byrne (Ducati) 1m 47.143s
Race One (Sprint):1: Bradley Ray2:Tarran Mackenzie
2021 at Snetterton
Qualifying:1: Glenn Irwin2: Jason O’Halloran
3: Tarran Mackenzie
Race One (sprint): Tarran MackenzieRace Two: Jason O’Halloran
Race Three: Tarran Mackenzie
Round Six Results (Thruxton)
Qualifying (superpole format):1: Bradley Ray2: Rory Skinner
3: Lee Jackson
Race One (sprint): Bradley RayRace Two: Danny Buchan
Race Three: Danny Buchan
Where does that leave the championship standings?
After the second race of the weekend Bradley Ray increases his overall lead, now with 422 points and a extended 52 point advantage over Jason O’Halloran.
Ray also extends his podium points advantage with a total of 56, with the Austarlain still holding 48, while Mackenzie’s second moves him onto 30.
The Showdown places confirmed the top eight now stands as 1:Bradley Ray, 2:Jason O’Halloran, 3:Rory Skinner, 4:Lee Jackson, 5:Glenn Irwin, 6:Tarran Mackenzie, 7:Tommy Bridewell and Kyle Ryde now confirmed in eighth.