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Byrne up at Snetterton as ‘Shakey’ stops Lowes

Sunday, July 07 2013

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne turned his frustration in the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Snetterton into a win in race two as he fended off Alex Lowes to end the weekend with victory.

Byrne took the lead on the opening lap from Brookes and James Ellison with James Westmoreland in close contention. The pack was in close contention when Jon Kirkham crashed at Williams, taking down Robbin Harms with him and the incident bought out the Nissan GT-R Safety Car for three laps. Kirkham and Harms were both able to walk away but the Danish rider suffered a wrist injury in the crash.

The race continued and Brookes was shadowing Byrne for the lead, the Tyco Suzuki rider waited until the eleventh lap when he closed in on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki on the run down the Bentley Straight. The Australian was dramatically forced to run across the grass at Brundle to avoid contact with the Championship leader which dropped him back to a distant third as Byrne and Lowes continued to push at the front for the win. Race one winner Lowes was trying to find a way past on the final lap but he was forced to settle for second with Brookes third.

Ryuichi Kiyonari had been having his own on track battle with James Westmoreland; the triple champion was able to push ahead of the Buildbase BMW and move up to fifth in the overall standings. Chris Walker made amends for his retirement in race one with a sixth place for Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki with Josh Waters claiming his best result of the season so far with seventh.

Lloyds British GBmoto Honda returned to the top ten with Dan Linfoot who held off James Ellison as the Milwaukee Yamaha rider dropped down the order after the safety car period before fighting his way back to ninth. Matteo Baiocco and the Rapido Sport Racing Ducati team celebrated his second top ten finish of the day.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, race two result:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.245s
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +7.018s
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +7.868s
  5. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +8.587s
  6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +12.961s
  7. Josh Waters (Milwaukee Yamaha) +18.218s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +21.370s
  9. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +21.483s
  10. Matteo Baiocco (Rapido Sport Racing Ducati) +22.775s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Snetterton:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 207
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 175
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 172
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 160
  5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 83
  6. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 81 

The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch 19-21 July. Tickets are available on the gate with children aged 12 and under admitted free. For more information click here or call 0843 453 9000.