Snetterton BSB: Triple win puts Ray in title driving seat

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Bradley Ray put himself firmly in the favourite’s seat for this year’s Bennetts British Superbike Championship with a hat-trick of victories at the weekend, his first ever treble in the series.

The Rich OMG Yamaha rider brought his Cadwell Park form, where he took a brace of victories, to the Norfolk venue and whilst none of the race wins were handed to him, he hit the front at the right time in each race to take the chequered flag first.

Pole position got his weekend off to the perfect start and the Lydd rider saw off the challenge of reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie each time to take over at the top of the title standings.

“It’s been a mega weekend and to take my first BSB treble is a real career highlight,” were a jubilant Ray’s first words at the conclusion of the meeting.

“The team and I have had a really good year so far and these results set us up nicely for the next nine races. It wasn’t an easy weekend as Taz fought hard as you know he always will but despite a small issue in race two, my Yamaha R1 was mega across the weekend.”

“We’ll continue to approach every weekend the same way we have all season but I’m enjoying riding my bike so will look to keep this wave of confidence and momentum going. I’m looking forward to getting back to Oulton Park in a couple of weeks and getting the Showdown underway.”

The treble gave him 15 podium points and saw him move 13 clear of Jason O’Halloran as the points get reset ahead of the nine race, three round Showdown. It also means he’s now finished on the podium in each of the last nine races, hitting form at the right time with four wins, three seconds and two thirds.

Ray’s form is an ominous sign for his rivals particularly as two of the circuits in the Showdown, Oulton and Donington, are two of the circuits where he’s traditionally shone, particularly the latter where he took his first BSB victories in 2018.