STOCKBRIDGE motorbike racer Leon Morris was crowned 2016 Ducati Trioption Cup Champion after a dramatic final weekend of racing at Brands Hatch last weekend, writes Tim Crisp.

The Carl Cox Motorsport P&H Motorcycles rider finished second in both races of the final weekend of the championship to overturn the eight point deficit held by rival Rob Guiver and subsequently lift the coveted trophy.

Early signs were not favourable for the Stockbridge racer, who was over1.5 seconds adrift of Guiver in the first practice session around the 2.43 mile full Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit .

Qualifying saw the signs of what was to come over the weekend under cloudy skies Morris narrowed the gap to Guiver to only 0.95 of a second.

However as the day went on the weather deteriorated and race one was cancelled due to crashes in the two races prior to the Ducati championship.

With no race on Saturday, everything rested on Sunday.

In race one Morris battled with Guiver through Paddock Hill Bend, but soon left his rival trailing.

Morris eventually fought his way up to second, behind Sean Neary, with Guiver only managing a 12th place finish.

With only a few hours between the races Morris seemed calm, relaxed and wary of what he had to do.

Race two was run on a damp track and Morris found the grip better than most.

Neary once again took top spot, but Morris claimed second again to secure the 2016 championship.

In the end Guiver finished 7th and had to concede second place in the title race to Neary.

The championship ended: Morris 294 points, Neary 289 points and Guiver 275 points.

Meanwhile Andover company Be Wiser’s Ducati rider Shane Byrne finished top of the British Superbike Championship.

Be Wiser were awarded the team championship.

Andover’s Jake Archer finished second in the Hel Performance British Motorstar Championship.