This weekend was a busy one for SHARK-supported riders with the final rounds of the British Superbike Championship (Brands Hatch, UK) and World Superbike Championship (Losail, Qatar) as well as the 16th round of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships (Phillip Island, Australia).
The triple-header conclusion to the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch saw Lee Jackson take a superb fifth place in race one. Jackson backed this strong result up with sixth place in race two and looked set to have another good result in race three but was unfortunately knocked off his bike, resulting in a DNF.
With top ten results in all three races (eighth, ninth and seventh) Danny Buchan had another strong weekend with the PBM Kawasaki team.
Kyle Ryde cemented his place as 2015 Motorpoint Britsh Supersport championship runner-up with fifth and fourth place in the two races. Fellow SHARK-supported riders Joe Francis and Luke Hedger both came away from the last weekend of the season with top ten places: Francis with a pair of seventh places and Hedger with a ninth and eighth.
Superstock 1000 champion Josh Elliott finished the year in style taking the last race win of the season. Top ten finishes were also had by SHARK’s Jesse Trayler, Dominic Usher and Ashley Beech, who finished in fifth, seventh and eighth places respectively.
Top ten results were also to be found in the Superstock 600 championship where Jordan Weaving finished fifth in the race and sixth in the championship. Tom Ward (sixth) and Bradley Ray (eighth) also had strong results. Although not competing at the Brands Hatch finale, Joe Francis finished the season fifth in the championship.
2015 Motostar 125 champion Josh Owens finished his season with two third place finishes, while Bradley Ray came away with two second place finishes. Charlie Nesbitt finished just outside the top ten in race one with 11th but then in a strong second race he finished fifth. Chris Taylor earned himself a pair of tenth place finishes while Mike Brouwers finished fifth in the first race but was unfortunate with a DNF in the second.
Brands Hatch also played host to the final two races of the Ducati Trioptions Cup where Aaron Brown ended the year with a seventh and third, while Darren Fry had a pair of eighth place finishes.
The final round World Superbike round of the year took place under the floodlights of Losail, Qatar. Tom Sykes finished the season third in the championship with two visits to the podium, finishing both races in third. Sylvain Guintoli finished the first race in tenth before powering through the field to finish fifth in race two. Randy de Puniet earned himself 12th and seventh. Alex Lowes was riding well in the first race before technical problems on lap eight, which resulted in two DNFs.
Phillip Island played host to round sixteen of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships where Miguel Oliveira was able to keep his title hopes alive. The fourth win of the season for Oliveira, the Portuguese rider now trails Danny Kent, who crashed out of the race, by 40 points with 50 remaining in the final two races.
In Moto2 Sam Lowes made a trip to the podium with his second place while 2015 champion Johann Zarco finished in seventh.
In what is widely considered to be the MotoGP race of the decade, Aleix Espargaro earned himself a top ten finish with ninth while Scott Redding came away from the weekend with 11th.
Next weekend (23-25 October) the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 paddock will head to Sepang, Malaysia for the penultimate round of the 2015 season.
“I’m happy for my team, as this was a very important victory and we all worked hard for it. Obviously with fifty points still up for grabs and us being forty off the top, anything is possible, although my focus is to continue as we have been doing at the two remaining races. As we saw in this race, anything can happen, and in the end you also have to have some luck. Moto3 is a class in which everyone is fighting up to the final moment, and every metre of the track counts.”