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Shakey under Donington lap record as Snetterton test beckons

Tuesday, April 01 2014

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne marginally edged out Josh Brookes in the first MCE British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, with the pair eclipsing the series' lap record ahead of the Snetterton official test (8/9 April).

Byrne and Brookes' best time were both faster than last year's MCE BSB pole position lap of the circuit, with the pair swapping place at the top of the times until the chequered flag of the final session, as the title rivals bid to have the edge ahead of the Brands Hatch opener.

Byrne said: "It was a long session this afternoon and we did pretty much a full race distance and then had time to try one or two other things. I am really happy with the pace we have, running faster than we did in last year's race here. To be back up at that level already is good and I was not out there to finish second! I am fully motivated for the season and can't wait to get started now as we want that title back."

Jakub Smrz and the Millsport Ducati team held third position after a strong start to their campaign with Chris 'Stalker' Walker locking out fourth place on the leading Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki, his team-mate James Ellison was tenth fastest.

James Westmoreland was the fastest of the BMW contenders ending the opening official test fifth fastest, with four different manufacturers featured in the top five.

MCE British Superbike Championship, Donington Park official test:                                                                                                                                                                                                        

POS NO. RIDER TIME
1 67 Shane BYRNE 1:29.550
2 3 Josh BROOKES 1:29.736
3 96 Jakub SMRZ 1:30.330
4 9 Chris WALKER 1:30.369
5 27 James WESTMORELAND 1:30.701
6 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL 1:30.928
7 5 Stuart EASTON 1:30.976
8 21 John HOPKINS 1:31.150
9 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI 1:31.240
10 77 James ELLISON 1:31.314
11 4 Dan LINFOOT 1:31.315
12 47 Richard COOPER 1:31.611
13 6 Simon ANDREWS 1:31.739
14 11 Michael RUTTER 1:31.966
15 40 Martin JESSOPP 1:31.996
16 64 Aaron ZANOTTI 1:32.223
17 24 Patric MUFF 1:32.246
18 12 Josh WATERS 1:32.287
19 35 Mitchell CARR 1:32.328
20 15 Ben WILSON 1:32.410
21 8 Ian HUTCHINSON 1:32.441
22 50 Harry HARTLEY 1:32.584
23 33 Michael DUNLOP 1:33.097
24 39 Lee COSTELLO 1:33.710
25 43 Howie MAINWARING 1:34.530
26 20 Jenny TINMOUTH 1:34.849
27 10 Jon KIRKHAM 1:35.509
28 45 Rhalf LO TURCO 1:35.568
29 55 Peter BAKER 1:36.040

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The next official MCE BSB test takes place at Snetterton on 8/9 April with free admission for spectators.

The countdown is on to the start of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this Easter weekend (18/19/20/21 April). Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 0843 453 9000 or clicking  here.