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Race One Brands Hatch WSB

By Brent Plummer, Oct. 15, 2000
A drying track made the conditions tricky, but John Reynolds of the UK Red Bull Ducati team got it right to crown his long career. Crashes from Edwards, Haydon and Gobert livened everything up....

Brands Hatch UK Round World Superbike First Race Results.

Reynolds takes first WSB win

By Colin MacKellar

2000 Brands Hatch Round World SuperbikeTRACK: Brands Hatch, United KingdomDATE: 15 October 2000WEATHER: Drying track, coolRace 1 Results (25 laps)--------------Pos No. Rider Nat Bike Race 1--- --- ----- --- ---- ------1 47 Reynolds GBR Duc 40'09.8552 21 Bayliss Aus Duc 0.4583 49 Walker GBR Suz 3.5564 48 Hodgson GBR Duc 13.9635 19 Borja Spa Duc 20.5476 4 Yanagawa Jpn Kaw 20.5547 3 Corser Aus Apr 21.1928 2 Edwards USA Hon 28.0799 6 Lavilla Spa Kaw 28.16210 7 Chili Ita Suz 34.28111 9 Fujiwara Jpn Suz 46.24512 10 Guareschi Ita Yam 53.20413 111 Slight Nzl Hon 57.49314 40 Plater GBR Kaw 59.04215 18 Barth Ger Yam 1'00.615Fastest Lap: Colin Edwards lap 22 1'33.020Standings---------Pos Total Rider RSA AUS JPN UK ITL GER RSM SPA USA EUR NED GER BRH--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---1 375 Edwards 25 25 11 11 11 16 25 - 20 25 13 20 - 6 11 13 20 13 6 10 25 11 25 25 82 335 Haga 20 - 6 20 20 13 13 13 - 11 16 25 9 - 16 25 25 20 11 13 16 25 7 11 -3 294 Corser 13 16 - 25 7 11 8 - 8 6 9 10 25 25 25 11 16 25 10 - 13 9 9 - 94 243 Bayliss - - - - - - - - 13 13 25 13 20 20 13 16 - 9 25 20 - - 16 20 205 238 Chili 11 20 - 16 16 - 20 16 25 20 - 16 - - - 7 11 10 8 16 - - 10 10 66 238 Yanagawa - - 7 10 - 10 9 11 16 16 20 - 11 10 6 4 10 11 7 11 10 20 13 16 107 168 Bostrom 7 9 1 2 - 3 1 8 9 6 6 5 10 16 20 20 13 16 1 - - - 6 9 -8 145 Slight - - - - - - 7 9 11 9 11 11 - 7 9 9 8 7 9 - 11 13 11 - 39 144 Fujiwara 8 8 3 9 - - - 3 5 7 - 6 16 13 8 6 9 8 - 6 6 8 2 8 510 122 Lavilla 10 11 9 13 6 6 5 - 10 - - - - - - - - - 4 8 - - 20 13 7 Three-way battle between Reynold, Bayliss and WalkerEdwards crashes after tire gamble.

A gaggle of Brands Hatch specialists.

John Reynolds crowned a long career in racing with a victory in the first leg at Brands today. He spent the whole race at the front of the field, joined after half-a-dozen laps by Troy Bayliss (Infostrada Ducati) and Chris Walker (National Clarion Suzuki). Colin Edwards was looking stroing to take the win, when he began to storm through the field after cautious initial laps of the race. He had chosen to run on slick tires and as the track dried, he started running laps 3 seconds faster than the leaders. After closing to within 2 seconds of third place, from an initial 15th. place at the end of the first lap, he slid off without injury.

John Reynoilds got a very good start and had already put 2 seconds on Neil Hodgson (INS Ducati) by the end of the first lap. He was running full wets both front and back and this enabled him to build a 6 second lead by lap 7. The track was drying on race line and he started to find the bike a handful on the narrow dry line. Troy Bayliss had pulled up to challenge Neil Hodgson, with Chris Walker closing rapidly as well. Initially James Haydon (Red Bull Ducati) had also been up at the front, but he dropped back from third place and crashed on lap 14. By lap 5 Bayliss and Walker had both managed to squeeze past Hodgson and started off after Reynolds. Fastest man at that moment was Anthony Gobert (Virgin Mobile Yamaha), who pulled past Pierfrancesco Chili (Alstare Corona Suzuki) to take 5th. place on lap 11. Neil Hodgson was only a couple of seconds ahead and 3 laps later Gobert was on his tail. He closed up right behind him on the run out of Druids, but the two touched at Graham Hill bend and Gobert went down and Hodgson took to the grass. Hodgson rejoined the race in 9th. spot and ultimately managed to pull through to 4th. place at the flag. On lap 10 Edwards started his charge, taking out 3 seconds a lap on the other riders and passing 2 or 3 on each circulation. By lap 22 he was up to 4th.place and it looked like he'd have the leaders before the race ended. Once Chris Walker in third place was visible Edwards pushed just a touch too hard and slid off, remounting to finish the race in 8th. place. As the race drew to a close, Walker eased the pace as his tires were totally shot, leaving Bayliss to attempt to push past Reynolds, but failing.

New look Aprilia with wrong tires

Some quotes:

Troy Bayliss (Infostrada Ducati) 2nd.
It was a very difficult race. There was a very narrow dry line and the bike was OK while you stayed on it, but very loose off line. We were only able to pass each other when the other made a mistake. It's looking like a dry second race, which is tough as we have not rfeally been able to get a dry setting, but we can use the data from August.

Gregorio Lavilla (Fuchs Kawasaki) 9th.
We picked the wrong tires, because both were finished at the end and I was sliding very badly. Under the circumstances, 9th. place is OK

Akira Yanagawa (Fuchs Kawasaki) 6th..
My front tire is completely gone. In Dingle Dell I nearly always slid off the track and the last ten laps it was hard to keep the lap times low. I was close to Borja as well, but we touched. I'm disappointed but satisfied.

Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda) 8th.
The rear was lighting up every lap at Graham Hill bend but that lap it just let go, I tried my best to hang on but eventually felll. Once I'd got the leaders in sight I was comfortable and was certain I could have won but that's the way it goes. We definitely made the right tyre choice, it may have been a gamble but it was the right thing to do.

Troy Corser (AXO Aprilia) 7th.
I was persuaded to choose full wet tires, which was a wrong choice for the race. The second race should be better.

Reynolds savors the moment

Ben Atkins the Red Bull UK team owner

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