JG Speedfit Kawasaki continued their assault on the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey in action on the iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
Leon secured a valuable podium in race one and, with both riders scoring some solid points, Luke and the ‘Pocket Rocket’ left the Kent venue in second and third respectively in the title table.
Free practice saw both Luke and Leon run comfortably inside the top ten, but when qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon the rain had arrived, meaning a different outlook was required for the entire 25-rider field…
However, Luke shone in the wet conditions to claim second and a front row position for Sunday’s opening race with Leon having to settle for eighth and the third row.
The race itself started perfectly for Luke as he led in the early stages although with the safety car coming out on lap five, it allowed the field to close up once more.
For the second half of the race, the leading dozen riders were only covered by four seconds but while Leon was able to move forward into third, Luke went the opposite way, his cause not aided by spots of rain falling.
Indeed, the race was stopped prematurely on the 18th of 20 laps and although there was delight for Leon as he got back onto the podium, there was disappointment for Luke as he was placed in 12th.
The second race saw Luke and Leon line up in fourth and sixth respectively on the grid and both made good starts although they were shuffled back to tenth and sixth by the end of a frantic first lap.
They quickly regrouped though and after six laps, Leon was in fifth and battling with James Ellison and Christian Iddon for the final podium spot and Luke in seventh.
Leon was pushed back a spot by Peter Hickman but when second-placed Josh Brookes crashed out, he was back up to fifth and this was where he finished with Luke just half a second further back in sixth.