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Byrne crashes unhurt but still tops opening Snetterton session

Tuesday, May 26 2015

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne kicked off the opening session of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship official test at Snetterton by topping the times despite a crash at Riches in the final five minutes.

Byrne had climbed to the top of the times on the PBM Kawasaki but a last stint crash put the defending champion out of the final moments of the session, although he was able to walk away unhurt.

Byrne had held the advantage over Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes as he moved ahead of Jakub Smrz who had been running second during the early part of the session for the Moto Rapido Ducati squad.

Championship leader James Ellison was fourth fastest for JG Speedfit Kawasaki as he edged ahead of Jason O'Halloran on the Honda Racing Fireblade with Oulton Park race-winner Stuart Easton holding sixth place. The session marked the return of his team-mate Dan Linfoot who was back on circuit following his recovery from a broken wrist sustained at Brands Hatch.

Danny Buchan was the fastest of the Be Wiser Kawasakis in seventh ahead of Christian Iddon, Howie Mainwaring and Josh Waters who completed the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton official test, session one:
1.Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 1m:48.704s
2.Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.104s
3.Jakub Smrz (Moto Rapido Ducati) +1.194s
4.James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.260s
5.Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +1.664s
6.Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +1.994s
7.Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +2.281s
8.Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +2.363s
9.Howie Mainwaring (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +2.384s
10.Josh Waters (Bennetts Suzuki) +2.728s

Spectator admission to the two day test today and tomorrow is free. The 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship returns to Snetterton in Norfolk on 19/20/21 June for round four.  For more information please click  here.