BSB Brands Hatch Indy, Race 1: Shane Byrne beats Bradley Ray

The most awaited duel was decided at the second last lap. The first BSB race on Brands Hatch Indy saw an amazing battle between the representants of two different generations: Shane Byrne and Bradley Ray, who ranked first and second after being very close to each other till the end of the race. At the beginning the 41-year-old “Shakey“ escaped together with the 20-year-old “Double Ray“ and the following laps saw the two riders fighting not with overtakes, but rather with strategy. The duel was very spectacular anyway and the 6 times BSB Champion won thanks to the only mistake made by the young man from Ashford.

Bradley Ray led the race till the second last lap, when he lost the right line at Paddock Hill Bend and let Byrne overtake him. This way the Be Wiser PBM Ducati rider got his first victory in 2018 season and, in particular, the 85th win of his career and this happened after his 350th race in BSB. The 41-year-old Byrne reached this record after a smart race with no mistakes, during which he studied Ray’s strategy. The Buildbase Suzuki rider, instead, took his third podium finish in a row after the double win in Donington Park.

Bradley Ray didn’t win, but he can be happy anyway as he maintains the leadership in championship standings with 70 points. Moreover, he will start Race 2 from pole position after setting the fastest lap in the first one (45″201, new race lap record) and now he’s sure that what happened in Donington wasn’t something isolated. Third place for a convicing Jason O’Halloran, the only Honda Racing UK rider on the track after Dan Linfoot’s injury. 4th place for Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki), followed by Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW by TAS) in a top-5 including five different manufacturers: Ducati, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and BMW.

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