Fast Bikes - - PIT PASS -

In near typ­i­cal BSB fash­ion this year, no sooner were we con­vinced the se­ries was about to set­tle down, than it bloody well didn’t! At Brands Hatch, it seemed that it would all be com­ing down to Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam. And it may well do at year’s end, but with the ab­so­lutely baf­fling lev­els of in­con­sis­tency on show – who frick­ing knows?!

One thing we did get right was pre­dict­ing Josh Brookes would fare well at Thrux­ton, which he did by tak­ing his (and the team’s) first BSB win of the year. But then in race two, while lead­ing, he fell off. Still, it was enough of a good show­ing that we all thought he was back with a bang, and would also be bang on it to make the showdown, right, Josh? Josh? Where for art thou, Josh? That’s what we were ask­ing at the very next race at Cad­well Park, a track he loves, but one that he couldn’t fin­ish bet­ter than 7th and 12th at this time around – eh, what’s go­ing on?

Then there’s Byrne, who for some rea­son un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally strug­gled at Thrux­ton, and man­aged a sin­gle fi­nal podium po­si­tion at Cad­ders be­fore his bike cried off in race two. Leon Haslam had won the first race but failed to fin­ish the sec­ond, which meant we saw James El­li­son (fi­nally) win a race on the McAms Yamaha, and he was joined by BMW’s Lee Jack­son and Thrux­ton’s race two win­ner, Peter Hick­man, who is now well in with a shout at tak­ing the ti­tle if he plays his cards right. Keep it tight, Pe­dro!

We’re writ­ing this just prior to Sil­ver­stone’s triple-header round, the fi­nal one be­fore the Showdown slots are de­cided. While Haslam and Byrne still ap­pear to be shoe-ins for it (and pos­si­bly Hick­man), the rest bet­ter watch out as there are a cou­ple of rid­ers who over three races, could get the bet­ter of them. So, for Ja­son O’Hal­lo­ran, Josh Brookes and the re­turn­ing (from in­jury) Luke Mossey, they bet­ter hope this nasty in­con­sis­tency virus doesn’t hit again there or they could find them­selves out of con­tention.

Lastly, we were dis­mayed to hear some opin­ions on why BSB is so in­con­sis­tent es­sen­tially al­lud­ing to the fact the se­ries isn’t as good as ev­ery­one thinks it is. Not sure about that, we get what they’re say­ing (ish), but it’s still the best na­tional se­ries any­where we reckon. And any­way, the same virus has been spread­ing through Mo­toGP the last cou­ple of sea­sons, and no­body has com­plained about that, have they? No, they haven’t, so shut it!


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