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Byrne’s day at Knockhill causing double trouble for rivals

Sunday, June 16 2013

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne proved he was King of the Hill today as he claimed a double win in the fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, despite a last dash from Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes in the closing laps.

Byrne had a flying start from the second row to lead the pack into turn one on the opening lap as Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes tucked in behind with Ryuichi Kiyonari also in hot pursuit. Tyco Suzuki's Brookes was putting the pressure on the Samsung Honda ahead of him and finally made a move on the fifth lap as he out-braked his rival.

Byrne edged ahead at the front of the field from Brookes, but on the final laps the gap decreased rapidly as the Australian pushed to close the advantage. Brookes clipped the kerb at the Chicane on the final lap, unseating him from the Tyco Suzuki and it gave Byrne the gap he needed to not be under threat into the Hairpin for the final time.

The Samsung Hondas were in formation with Lowes leading Ryuichi Kiyonari until the start of the eighteenth lap when the triple champion made a move on the brakes into turn one before edging away from his team-mate. Kiyonari celebrated a double podium finish for the first time since 2010 to move closer to the top six in the standings.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Chris Walker was able to hold off James Westmoreland in the early stages as they battled with Keith Farmer, but a mistake cost the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider as he dropped down the order. Walker held on to fifth to have his best weekend of the season so far ahead of Westmoreland and PJ Jacobsen. Jon Kirkham, Peter Hickman and Howie Mainwaring completed the top ten.

The Milwaukee Yamaha and Bathams Honda teams had a disastrous race two with Tommy Bridewell unable to make the start with a technical problem and then James Ellison and Michael Rutter both crashed out unhurt on the opening lap. Josh Waters was also forced to retire ending a tough weekend for the double Australian Superbike champion.

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

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.814s
  3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +8.637s
  4. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +12.723s
  5. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +15.620s
  6. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +19.802s
  7. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +23.382s
  8. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +23.867s
  9. Peter Hickman (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +24.092s
  10. Howie Mainwaring (MH Kawasaki) +31.061s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after race two:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 166
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 136
  3. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 130
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 80
  5. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 76
  6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) 65

The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place on 5/6/7 July at Snetterton. Advance adult tickets for raceday cost £26 online in advance with children aged 12 and under admitted free. For more information and to book click here  or call 0843 453 9000.