Home hero Ray leads the way as Bennetts BSB reaches Brands Hatch
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to Brands Hatch this weekend (July 22-24) for round five as the title battle approaches the halfway mark ahead of the Showdown. Kent’s Bradley Rae has an advantage at the top of the standings over the local competition as he looks to keep the momentum going in front of his home crowd.
The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider has a 16-point lead heading into the next three races this weekend, having produced his best start of the season with three wins and another seven podium finishes. However, McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran is closing in fast and is currently on the crest of a wave after a double win at Knockhill moved him up to second in the standings.
However, the ‘Team Green’ counter-attack is coming strong and fast from Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner as the Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Racing teammates take third and fourth in the standings thanks to their podium form so far.
Kyle Ride, on the second Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha, is fifth in the standings and will be fighting for another win. He is just ahead of Glenn Irwin, who is looking to replicate the form that saw him take a hat-trick at Silverstone earlier in the season.
Tommy Bridewell led the race for wins all the way to the checkered flag when the championship last visited Brands Hatch in 2021. The Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider will be aiming for nothing less than a podium finish at a track that has been strong for him in the past.
Danny Buchan completes the all-important top eight ahead of Brands Hatch; SYNETIQ BMW driver leads Josh Brooks by seven points; the driver who has won the most races on the Grand Prix circuit of the current grid. The MCE Ducati rider is yet to reach the podium this season and team-mate Tom Sykes will also be keen to challenge for a Showdown position.
Reigning champion Taron McKenzie returns to full form and the McAMS Yamaha rider has fond memories of Brands Hatch after his race wins last season brought him title glory. He will be hoping that a good performance can get his title defense back on track after returning from injury.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 216
- Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 200
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 174
- Rory Skinner (Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 148
- Kyle Ride (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 141
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 134
- Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 94
- Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 84
For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com
Bradley Ray – Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha
“We still lead the championship four rounds and have been so consistent; we only got off the podium twice in the year and one of those was a relegation from the lead and the other was fourth at Knockhill.
“Consistency is obviously the key this year and at the moment we are aiming for podiums. Everyone knows the Showdown is still four rounds away, so we need to keep getting as many podium points as possible because in the end, when we get to the Showdown, it’s going to matter.
“Obviously it’s nice to be leading the championship, but I’m not thinking too much about it right now, the main thing is to secure a place in the Showdown and get as many podium points as possible in the last three rounds.
“I’m really looking forward to going to Brands Hatch for my home race because going into this round after such a strong start to the season bodes well and Yamaha seems to be doing very well on the Grand Prix circuit.
“I think it’s going to be a terrific weekend and it would be nice to be on the top step in my home round in front of my fans and family who have come to support me. I’m fit and ready and I can’t wait to try and get this season going like we did – keep smiling and feeling happy!”