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Byrne inches towards title as Farmer secures SSTK crown
1 October 2012
Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki are in a good position to secure two domestic titles this year after Shane Byrne nosed ahead in the MCE British Superbike Championship and Keith Farmer wrapped up the Superstock 1000 crown.
Having come into the weekend just two points adrift of Josh Brookes, Byrne was arguably the closest rival double winner Alex Lowes had during the races, but scuppered his hopes of a victory challenge in race one when a mistake dropped him down the order before Lowes beat him with a last corner pass in race two.
Nonetheless, Byrne was still able to complete a brace of second place finishes – ahead of Brookes – to increase his margin over the Australian to nine points with one round and three races remaining.
Crucially, that event will take place on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, where Byrne was a comfortable double winner earlier this season. As such, he will go into the season finale as the favourite for his third BSB title – and Kawasaki's first since 1992.
"After the problems that we had this weekend what with Shakey crashing on Friday and then missing this morning's warm up due to a misfire, to come away leading the championship is brilliant,” said team owner Paul Bird.
“That's a win and three second places in the Showdown for Shakey and going into the next round at his home track at Brands Hatch he is feeling very confident. Fair play to Alex Lowes, he rode absolutely fantastically and it's certainly going to be a three way battle for the title.”
Whatever happens to Byrne at Brands Hatch, however, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki is nonetheless already celebrating a title as Farmer secured the SSTK 1000 crown with one round in hand.
“I'm absolutely delighted for Keith Farmer as he's done a fantastic job for us this season although we didn't want to win the title through someone else's misfortune, so commiserations to Jason O'Halloran.”
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