BSB: Keith Farmer extends Supersport series lead after ninth win of season

Keith Farmer
County Tyrone man Keith Farmer has dominated this year's British Supersport series

Clogher rider Keith Farmer extended his British Supersport Championship to 103 points after clinching a thrilling win in the wet at Silverstone on Sunday.

Farmer's win came after long-time leader Ben Currie and Dubliner Jack Kennedy slid off on the final two laps.

After his first British Superbike win on Saturday, Glenn Irwin came off in both of Sunday's two races.

Michael Laverty was second in Race 3 held in wet conditions with Andy Reid crashing out in the earlier Race 2.

Tyco BMW rider Reid had to be stretchered off the track after a coming together with Martin Jessopp on lap nine and the Jordanstown rider was later reported to have suffered a suspected broken femur.

Reid's crash led to the safety car coming on to the track he was attended to by medics.

Earlier, Irwin crashed out on lap two but he was able to walk away from the incident and took his place on the grid in Race 3 before suffering a similar fate as the rain poured on to the Silverstone track.

Farmer earns ninth win in Supersport series

Farmer's victory earned his ninth win in this year's supersport championship and completed a weekend double after his triumph on Saturday.

Already having a 78-point series lead over Kennedy heading into Sunday's race, the Tyrone man rode cautiously in the treacherous conditions as Currie looked certain to register victory for most of the race,

However, the English rider slid off on the penultimate lap as Farmer and Kennedy began to cut into his lead.

Kennedy moved ahead of Farmer for a brief moment on the final circuit only for the Dubliner to immediately slide off and leave the Northern Irishman to take a comfortable victory ahead of his compatriot Andrew Irwin with Australian Arthur Sissis a distant third.

"I had a couple of massive moments in the race," admitted Farmer.

"When Jack came past me on the final lap, I just thought that I would stay behind him as I would only be losing five points (to him) so no problem but then unfortunately he slid off."

Michael Laverty
Michael Laverty earned his first podium finish of the year in the British Superbike series

Laverty second in wet race of attrition

Both Superbikes races had to be shortened with Australian Josh Brookes taking victory ahead of James Ellison and Shane Byrne in a race cut short after Shaun Winfield's engine blew up just shortly after the crash involving Ulsterman Reid and Jessopp.

Only seven riders were still racing when Race 3 was finally red flagged after a host of leading contenders had slid off in terrible conditions.

After Jason O'Halloran's first-lap exit, Brookes came off on lap four with Sylvain Guintoli exiting on the next circuit, Byrne departing on lap six before both Glenn Irwin and Peter Hickman slid off on lap nine.

Amid the carnage, Dan Linfoot clinched his first British Superbike victory as he finished ahead of Laverty, who was earning his first podium spot of the season.

Jake Dixon's third place ensured his place in the top-six showdown which will decide this year's championship.

Tyco BMW rider Christian Iddon looked set to book his showdown berth before cruelly sliding off just before the race was red flagged.

Byrne, Leon Haslam, Brookes, Dixon, Hickham and O'Halloran are the riders who will battle it out for the championship in the showdown.