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Josh Waters claimed a shock debut BSB win on a wet but drying track, during a restarted race two at the Brands Hatch GP round.

The contest took place over a reduced 15 laps, the initial race having been stopped due to a huge accident for James Ellison. The GBmoto rider was seen sitting up after the incident but is undergoing further checks.

Team principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen provided the following Ellison update: "The initial reports on James have revealed he's injured himself and is currently in hospital undergoing further scans, where we'll hopefully have a better idea of the extent of them."

Howie Mainwaring then suffered a big highside at almost exactly the same place due to a technical issue just before the restart, with the race then almost instantly halted due to rain.

Former Australian champion Waters, who began the wet race having not finished higher than tenth for Tyco Suzuki this season, took the lead from Richard Cooper on lap 4 of 15 before swiftly building a five-second advantage.

An unlikely top three - all on the BSB podium for the first time - saw Waters finish ahead of Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki's Cooper (+4.6s) and PR Kawasaki's Keith Farmer (+6.0s).

"It feels awesome!" grinned Waters, whose miserable debut BSB season saw him dropped early by Milwaukee Yamaha. "I definitely didn't think I was going to win a race after the weekend I'd had. When I got into the lead I thought, 'this is really cool - far out!'. Then I was trying to keep a gap and bring it home because I thought they might reel me back in."

Tommy Bridewell clinched fifth (+7.3s) for Milwaukee Yamaha, just one-second clear of championship leader Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki).

Byrne thus extended his points lead over Bridewell's team-mate Josh Brookes - who finished in eighth place, behind Dan Linfoot and John Kirkham - although none of the title leaders were able to claim any race two podium credits.

Like Byrne, Buildbase BMW's race one winner Ryuichi Kiyonari was among the early race two leaders, but the Japanese was forced to park his S1000RR on lap 7. Ellison's GBmoto Kawasaki team-mate Chris Walker ran off track at almost the same time, removing him from the podium battle.

Walker rejoined to finish in ninth, with Waters' team-mate John Hopkins completing the top ten.

 

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