Jake Dixon misses out but can take heart from his first full year on a Superbike
PUBLISHED: 21:43 17 October 2017
The crowd of more than 58,000 basked in sunshine for what was mostly a brilliant finale for the 2017 British Superbike championships at Brands Hatch for our local teams and riders.
RAF Marham’s RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki Team didn’t have the weekend they hoped for with their rider Jake Dixon who at 21 was the youngest rider to ever make the Showdown. In race one Dixon was caught up in a multiple bike crash when Dan Linfoot’s Honda dropped fluid on the track taking five riders down with him and despite the team working hard it was not possible to get the bike ready for the restart.
Race two and Dixon had to start from the back but he was soon moving up through the field. However, after a DNF on lap 13 and only being able to take four points in race three meant that he finished the season in sixth place.
The title went to Shane Bryne after Leon Haslam crashed in the last race at Hawthorn breaking an ankle, wrist and thumb. Despite his injuries Haslam had his team carry him to the Parc Ferme so he could congratulate Bryne on winning his sixth British Superbike title.
But Morello Racing’s Danny Buchan did exactly what he had to do to bring the Superstock 1000 championship back to the Bowthorpe team.
Buchan was on almost record breaking pace from Friday and started the race on the front row in third. Richard Cooper knew he had to win and when the lights went green he set about trying to make a break but Chrissy Rouse and Buchan were right behind.
Buchan was able to get into second and as the race progressed it looked like he might well make a move on Cooper. He certainly had the pace but decided that it was better to settle for second and secured his second title in the process.
Jordan Weaving on the RAF bike finished 11th and Josh Day brought the second Morello Kawasaki home in 16th. Thetford’s Ryan Vickers finished his first season in the BSB paddock in top form.
After biding his time in third in the Superstock 600 race he made his move on Tom Neave and Brad Jones to take his first national victory and eighth in the championship. Norwich’s Grant Newstead came home in 21st place.