Haslam takes victory in season opener

Chris
By Chris Newble
ChrisNewble Obsessed with two smokes, riding gear and racing. Strong believer in the fact you can never have too many motorcycles
Leon Haslam Donington Race

Leon Haslam who started from pole opened his account for the season with an impressive victory in today's opening BSB race at Donington Park, to lead a JG Speedfit one two. 

James Ellison took the holeshot from the second row of the grid to lead the pack down Craner Curves for the first time and the McAMS rider set the early race pace until Haslam grabbed the lead on lap eight.

Leon’s team mate Luke Mossey followed the JG Speedfit rider through into second on lap nine, as Ellison started to loose rear grip aboard his Yamaha. This left Christian Iddon (third) and Peter Hickman (fourth) to fight it out for the remaining places on the podium. 

Bennetts Suzuki’s Taylor Mackenzie fell from fourteenth on lap seven, with teammate Sylvain Guintoli crashing out of ninth with nine laps to go.

Josh Brookes lost two places on the last lap to finish seventh, with Ellison (fifth) and Irwin (6th). Laverty, Dixon and O’Halloran rounded out the top ten. 

Haslam's victory was only his third ever race win around the Leicestershire circuit: “I feel good and confident in the tyre. I knew I had a little bit of pace left, but it was all about managing the race and getting a solid result under our belt. Credit to the team, they’ve found a lot in the bike over winter and we’ve still got some more improvements to make with it.”

1 91 Leon HASLAM GBR Kawasaki - JG Speedfit Kawasaki 20 30:07.297 99.01 1:29.551 4
2 12 Luke MOSSEY GBR Kawasaki - JG Speedfit Kawasaki 20 5.253 30:12.550 5.253 98.72 1:29.675 4
3 24 Christian IDDON GBR BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad 20 7.966 30:15.263 2.713 98.58 1:29.961 3
4 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR BMW - Smiths Racing 20 9.114 30:16.411 1.148 98.51 1:29.951 4
5 77 James ELLISON GBR Yamaha - McAMS Yamaha 20 12.360 30:19.657 3.246 98.34 1:29.771 5
6 2 Glenn IRWIN GBR Ducati - Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team 20 12.537 30:19.834 0.177 98.33 1:30.023 6
7 25 Josh BROOKES AUS Yamaha - Anvil Hire TAG Racing 20 13.132 30:20.429 0.595 98.30 1:29.539 6
8 7 Michael LAVERTY GBR Yamaha - McAMS Yamaha 20 16.525 30:23.822 3.393 98.11 1:29.663 4
9 27 Jake DIXON GBR Kawasaki - Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve Kaw 20 21.923 30:29.220 5.398 97.83 1:30.276 18
10 22 Jason O'HALLORAN GBR Honda - Honda Racing 20 25.395 30:32.692 3.472 97.64 1:30.770 6
11 4 Dan LINFOOT GBR Honda - Honda Racing 20 25.736 30:33.033 0.341 97.62 1:30.839 5
12 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Kawasaki - Team WD-40 20 26.642 30:33.939 0.906 97.57 1:30.986 5
13 34 Davide GIUGLIANO ITA BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad 20 27.610 30:34.907 0.968 97.52 1:30.124 5
14 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE BMW - Lloyd & Jones PR Racing BMW 20 37.480 30:44.777 9.870 97.00 1:31.197 5
15 8 Shaun WINFIELD GBR Yamaha - Anvil Hire TAG Racing 20 1:04.301 31:11.598 26.821 95.61 1:32.135 2
16 33 Michael DUNLOP GBR Suzuki - Buildbase Suzuki 20 1:04.447 31:11.744 0.146 95.60 1:32.437 2
DNF 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR 21:49.223 6 Laps BMW - RidersMotorcycles.com BMW 14 6 Laps 95.64 1:32.041 4
DNF 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA 13:40.506 5 Laps Suzuki - Bennetts Suzuki 9 11 Laps 98.05 1:30.104 5
DNF 3 Billy McCONNELL AUS 10:41.442 2 Laps Kawasaki - Quattro Plant FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 7 13 Laps 97.50 1:30.672 4
DNF 6 Taylor MACKENZIE GBR 10:41.763 0.321 Suzuki - Bennetts Suzuki 7 13 Laps 97.45 1:30.297 5
DNF 21 John HOPKINS USA 11:09.710 27.947 Ducati - Moto Rapido 7 13 Laps 93.39 1:30.299 5
DNF 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR 3:17.775 5 Laps Yamaha - Platform Hire Yamaha 2 18 Laps 89.86
DNF 28 Bradley RAY GBR Suzuki - Buildbase Suzuki 0

 

Defending champion Shane Byrne did not make the start due to a fall in morning warm up at Craner Curves. The double race winner at Donington Park last year sustained concussion in the crash and misses both races this weekend. 

Race two gets underway at 16.30 today with Brookes starting from pole position.