Haslam bags double for perfect start to 2017

Leon Haslam begins 2017 on the front foot.

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Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 21:16

Leon Haslam

Leon Haslam has produced a perfect start to the 2017 MCE British Superbikes championship with a dominant double at Donington Park after reeling in Josh Brookes who had to settle for second on his return to the series. 

With defending BSB champion Shane Byrne ruled out of both races at the 2017 season opener due to concussion sustained in a morning warm-up crash it left Haslam to dominate the headlines at his home round.

After Haslam sealed a comfortable opening win in race one, Brookes converted pole position in race two into a healthy lead on the Anvil Hire Yamaha he aimed to push ahead at the front using the softer tyre to build a healthy lead over the chasing pack, while Haslam slipped behind James Ellison in the opening stages. 

But the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider using the harder rear Pirelli tyre nailed his charge as he reeled off three fastest laps in the middle chunk of the race to catch Brookes before making the race-winning move on lap 15 down the inside into Fogarty Esses. 

With Halsam easing into the sunset for a dominant double Brookes held on for second place as a thrilling scrap involved for the final podium place.

 

BSB Donington Park race two results:

1. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 laps 
2. Josh Brookes AUS Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +2.716s 
3. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +9.535s 
4. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +9.849s 
5. Luke Mossey GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +10.193s 
6. James Ellison GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +12.287s 
7. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +16.339s 
8. Peter Hickman GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +18.093s 
9. Davide Giugliano ITA Tyco BMW S1000RR +20.627s 
10. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +21.291s 
11. Tommy Bridewell GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R +29.051s 
12. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +29.277s 
13. John Hopkins USA Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R +31.783s 
14. Bradley Ray GBR Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000 +32.007s 
15. Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW S1000RR +35.703s 

16. James Westmoreland GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R +1m 06.584s 
17. Michael Dunlop GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1m 10.510s 
18. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 15.477s 

Did not finish 

Jake Dixon GBR RAF Reserves Kawasaki ZX-10R
Taylor Mackenzie GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000
Michael Laverty GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1
Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha YZF-R1
Billy McConnell AUS Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki ZX-10R 

Did not start 

Martin Jessopp GBR Ridersmotorcycles BMW S1000RR
Lee Jackson GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR
Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R
Michael Rutter GBR Bathams BMW S1000RR
 

BSB Donington Park race one results:

1. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 laps 
2. Luke Mossey GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +5.253s 
3. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +7.966s 
4. Peter Hickman GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +9.114s 
5. James Ellison GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +12.360s 
6. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +12.537s 
7. Josh Brookes AUS Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +13.132s 
8. Michael Laverty GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +16.525s 
9. Jake Dixon GBR RAF Reserves Kawasaki ZX-10R +21.923s 
10. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +25.395s 
11. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +25.736s 
12. Tommy Bridewell GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R +26.642s 
13. Davide Giugliano ITA Tyco BMW S1000RR +27.610s 
14. Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW S1000RR +37.480s 
15. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 04.301s 

16. Michael Dunlop GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1m 04.447s 

Did not finish 

Martin Jessopp GBR Ridersmotorcycles BMW S1000RR
 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000
Taylor Mackenzie GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000
John Hopkins USA Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R
Bradley Ray GBR Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000
Billy McConnell AUS Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki ZX-10R 
Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha YZF-R1

Did not start 

James Westmoreland GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R
Lee Jackson GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR
Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R
Michael Rutter GBR Bathams BMW S1000RR

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