Silverstone Race Report

Lee Jackson struggled in qualifying and was back on the seventh row for the opening race later in the day whereby he eventually crossed the line in 12th place and in today’s first 14-lap affair, from the second row, the 21 year old from Lincoln was unlucky to crash out on the opening lap.

The team did a great job in rebuilding the bike and getting Jackson on the grid for the third and final race of the weekend and he was one of the few that managed to stay upright. He plugged away and with the race being stopped on the tenth lap, he picked up nine more points for a dogged ride into seventh place.

#14 Lee Jackson Smiths Racing BMW MCE British Superbike Championship

Peter Hickman: “It’s certainly been a challenging weekend but I’m naturally over the moon to have made it through to the Showdown for the first time. I’ve come close before so to finally do it is great, not just for myself but also the team. It’s a small, family run team but Alan and Rebecca put their heart and soul into their racing with the whole team working tirelessly so they deserve it as much as anyone. It was hard work and I crashed out of the third race but it’s my first crash anywhere this year so to get to September without falling off is no mean feat so now we’ll get ready for the Showdown and give it our best shot.”

Lee Jackson: “Despite finishing 12th, I was quite pleased how Saturday’s race went as I’d come from a long way back on the grid and a good lap gave me a good grid position for today’s opener. Unfortunately, I got taken out on the first lap and I gave my ankle a good bashing whilst the bike was also pretty battered. The team did a great job in getting me back out and it was simply a race of survival. I lost the front a few times so it was a real challenge but I managed to bring it home and ended the weekend with two points-scoring finishes but I’ll be looking to get back into the top six next time out.”

 

Alan Smith, Team Owner: “We came into the meeting fairly confident of securing a Showdown position but you can never be too confident in racing as anything can, and often does, happen. The weather made it difficult for everyone but Peter got the job done so I’m really pleased for him and the team that we’ve made it into the Showdown. It’s all to play for now in the final three rounds so we’ll be giving it our best shot and fingers crossed for some decent weather so we all get to do it on a level playing field.”

MCE British Superbike Championship race one (14 laps)
1 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)
2 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
3 John Hopkins (Ducati)
4 Jake Dixon (Kawasaki)
5 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
6 Christian Iddon (BMW)
9 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
12 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)

MCE British Superbike Championship race two (8 laps)
1 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
2 James Ellison (Yamaha)
3 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
4 Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
5 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
6 Bradley Ray (Suzuki)
8 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
DNF Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)

MCE British Superbike Championship race three (9 laps)
1 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
2 Michael Laverty (Yamaha)
3 Jake Dixon (Kawasaki)
4 James Westmoreland (Kawasaki)
5 Jakub Smrz (BMW)
6 Bradley Ray (Suzuki)
7 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)
DNF Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

Championship standings (after nine rounds)
1 Byrne 235 pts
2 Brookes 212
3 Haslam 209
4 Hickman 208
5 O’Halloran 194
6 Dixon 192
16 Jackson 78

Round ten of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park next weekend (16/17 September) and for further information, please visit www.smithsracing.co.uk and www.britishsuperbike.com

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