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Shakey victorious as Lowes crashes and Kiyo returns to podium

Sunday, June 16 2013

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne ambushed MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship rival Josh Brookes in the closing stages of the opening race of the day at Knockhill to claim the victory as Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes crashed out of contention.

Brookes had a stunning start off the line to lead the pack for Tyco Suzuki with the Australian holding the lead from Byrne over the opening half of the race, but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki was calculated and waited until the final five laps to launch his assault. At the front Byrne made a move on the inside into the Hairpin, but went wide and Brookes cut back; the pair touching on the exit of the corner giving the title contenders real ammunition to fight even harder over the final laps.

A lap later and Byrne repeated the move and this time it paid off as the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider held off a counter-attack from Brookes who continued to look for a way back into the lead for Tyco Suzuki. Byrne though pushed hard and was able to edge a gap in the closing three laps to celebrate the win and put himself back at the top of the overall standings.

Alex Lowes had been part of the leading pack with team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari; however Samsung Honda's Lowes made a mistake at the Hairpin half-way through the race which left him sliding out of contention. Kiyonari was then the lone ranger for the team and he continued to improve his pace to hold a clear third position; his first podium since 2011.

Kiyonari said: "I am very happy for this result today. I think it has been a combination of me riding better and a bit of machine setup! I hope that we can keep these results going now because I want more wins and more podiums for Samsung Honda, but it is difficult as everyone is so fast. Hopefully I can go even faster in the next race. I will be trying to push harder and we will try again in race two." 

Jon Kirkham had been holding fourth place for Buildbase BMW but an unfortunate crash at Scotsman with four laps remaining saw his hopes of a strong finish evaporate with Keith Farmer scoring the fourth place after getting the better of Chris Walker on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki. James Westmoreland and James Ellison were sixth and seventh as the Milwaukee Yamaha rider carved his way up the order. Dan Linfoot was eighth with PJ Jacobsen splitting the Lloyds British GBmoto Hondas in ninth with Peter Hickman completing the top ten. 

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

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
  2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.069s
  3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +5.013s
  4. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +16.821s
  5. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Kawasaki)  +19.033s
  6. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +23.733s
  7. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +24.080s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +24.214s
  9. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +24.265s
  10. Peter Hickman (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +24.711s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after race one:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 141
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 117
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 116
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 80
  5. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 68
  6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) 54

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.