WOUNDED HASLAM TAKES WIN
From the medical centre to the top step of the podium, Leon Haslam takes an eventful Race One win at Silverstone.
Poleman, Bradley Ray, got the hole shot and rocketed away from the line. However, Ray’s stint at the front was short lived when his Buildbase Suzuki slid from underneath him at Becketts on lap four. This left Jake Dixon to spearhead the train of riders, followed by Brookes who was hot on his tail and shortly after squeezed passed him.
The man on the move was the other rider from the McAms Yamaha garage, Tarran Mackenzie. The Scotsman started the race in fourth position, but quickly took the fight to Glenn Irwin and Dixon to make a 1-2 for the Yamaha team. But, his ability to move through the pack didn’t stop there, Mackenzie went up the inside of his teammate to take the lead.
Brookes slipped through the field and ran in fourth, as Irwin and Haslam moved up to second and third when Dixon ran wide at Brooklands. The lead fluctuated between Mackenzie and Irwin as the laps ticked down. However, Irwin made sure his last move on Mackenzie would stick, but this allowed Haslam to follow through. Haslam fought for the win with Irwin and passed him when it mattered to take the victory on the line. Mackenzie held off a battle from Brookes and Dixon to claim third place and his first British Superbikes rostrum.