The 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship reached an electrifying climax at Kent’s Brands Hatch Circuit on 16-18 October, with many EBC-equipped competitors finishing their best-ever years and even winning class championships out on the fabled ‘GP’ setup of this well-known venue.
Click here to read our first batch of reports, or scroll down this page to check out more news from EBC-sponsored riders in their own words.
Richard Spencer-Fleet (RSF Racing)
– Ducati TriOptions
“Leaving Oulton Park with heads held high taking the positives of points and personal bests to Brands Hatch GP, we felt confident of a good final round.”
“Having not ridden or raced here for 15 months and not riding a bike in-between the rounds, we had to just get out there and get up to speed and ensure the bike was dialled in. Throughout the session, times dropped near to our previous PB, without a stop or setting change. Bike and rider feeling good, new tyres and a few setting changes for qualifying would be all that was required for the next day.”
“Our strategy for qualifying was to go and put down a few laps and then chuck another rear tyre in for a flying lap. Times again dropped and the settings looked to have worked. The tyre was changed, and we were back out with only two minutes of the session to go. Following a quick out lap and one flying lap, we dropped two seconds from free practice and set a new PB on the flyer, claiming 18th place for Race 1. With only 0.3 seconds between us and 13th we were in for a close race and a tough fight for points.”
“We knew it was going to be tight, and from the start it was. All shoulder-to-shoulder and elbow-to-elbow, the race was on! Lap 1 was crazy with riders making some really bold overtakes. Settling into the race there was a train of about five of us battling it out for points. Sitting 16th come the last lap flag, the move for a point into the last corner had to happen. Lining it up and getting past into 15th, we noticed the yellow flag and fellow rider Sam Cox in the gravel and having gone slightly wide on the drag to the line, we lost out on a point by 0.1 second. Setting our fastest laps of the race on the final two laps, we started Race 2 in 19th with again another new PB.”
“With a poor start, we lost a few places. Getting head down on the first lap, we gained them back and rose into 16th. With again a six-bike battle and positions changing every corner, it was a very exciting race. Going into the last lap and losing a position sitting in 18th, it was all about the drag to the line, but just wasn’t enough with six bikes all crossing within 0.3 seconds! This was my best race of the year.
“We might not have been in the points this weekend, but the racing was brilliant: so close from start to finish. Shaving a massive 2.8 seconds off our PB was a massive jump.
“A massive thanks to all sponsors and supporters that make this happen. Also to all the support crew getting us on the grid.”
Josh Owens (CDH Racing)
– Pirelli National Superstock 1000
“It was a points-scoring weekend for CDH Racing!
“The weather forecast looked good but cold for the final round, which meant consistent weather for us (besides free practice 2) so we could get the bike set up accordingly.
“FP1 was dry and cold; we started on used tyres to get a feel for the circuit, and Josh rode sensibly to be within one second of his best time with the first run out on track.
“FP2 was on Saturday morning and unfortunately rain overnight meant the circuit was wet. We sent Josh out to do a few laps to ensure there were no issues with the bike, then parked it up as the weather looked dry for the rest of the weekend.
“Luckily, the track dried up enough in time for qualifying, so we had a full-dry session. Josh lapped faster than he had all weekend and his fastest lap around the circuit on the superbike was 1.28.1 and left us in 20th position.
“After a de-brief from the qualifying session, we decided to make a few changes to the bike, both on the rear and with the electronics to make the bike easier to ride.
“Race 1 resulted in Josh lapping faster again and the changes helped over the race distance, and we carried out some small changes again for Sunday’s two races.
“Race 2 of the weekend was dry but still cold. Josh got into a race-long battle with Storm Stacy, beating him on the last lap and gaining 15th position and the first championship point for CDH Racing!
“Race 3 saw Josh lap faster than he had all weekend, but an intermittent issue with the bike kept him from progressing up the order any further.
“Brands Hatch GP was the final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and we’ve agreed to continue with Josh Owens in the 2021 British Superbike Championship. Some bike improvements and Josh continuing to learn how to ride the superbike and how it reacts during a race means we expect to be challenging for points every weekend next season!
“We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters for getting us onto the grid this season.”
Michael Tustin (Jones Dorling Racing)
– Ducati TriOptions
“Myself and the JDR Team had a very good season, scoring many Top 10s throughout the year, and eventually coming away from this weekend as the Ducati R&G Shield Champions, leading the series from the very first race meeting in August.
“We managed to win the Ducati R&G Shield Championship by a considerable 29 points, and therefore claiming our first championship victory!
“I just want to thank EBC Brakes personally for the support this season, without you guys we wouldn’t have completed the season. It’s been amazing to finally win a championship!”