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Byrne unstoppable at Brands

"A double victory is always good but to do it at my home circuit, in the sunshine and in front of a big local crowd is fantastic” - Shane Byrne.
Shane Byrne scored his first double victory of the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship season with a perfect performance in front of his local fans at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Having qualified on pole, the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider led both 18-lap races from start to finish

After fending off a challenge from Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga and then the Suzuki of Josh Brookes in the opening race, Byrne comfortably controlled the second race to win from Brookes and championship leader Tommy Hill.

With two rounds to go before the start of The Showdown phase, Byrne - like Hill and Brookes - has now booked his place in the top-six title shootout.

The former double champion is just eleven points from reigning title holder Hill and has closed to within three Podium Credits of the Swan Yamaha rider.

"A double victory is always good but to do it at my home circuit, in the sunshine and in front of a big local crowd is fantastic,” said Byrne.

“We knew we had work to do after Oulton Park and the team have worked their butts off to address the problems we had so they deserve this as much as anyone.

“We have scored some good Podium Credits this weekend and it's vital we continue that into Cadwell Park next month as there's still a long way to go in this championship."

The Brands Hatch GP circuit will host the final round of the season - and almost certainly the title decider - on October 14, an event Byrne can now approach full of confidence.

On the other side of the PBM garage, team-mate Stuart Easton was returning to action after missing two rounds following a leg injury.

The Scot claimed an eighth place in the opening race, but then fell from fourth in race two.

"I was reasonably happy with race one after missing a couple of rounds and was running well in the second race when I hit a false neutral and crashed out,” he said.

“It was totally my fault and I'm feeling a bit sore but at least I didn't reinjure any of my old wounds and I'll be fighting fit for Cadwell in five weeks' time."



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Shane Byrne Raoid Solicitors Kawasaki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography.com]
James Ellison on the Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki
Buildbase BMW`S Ryuichi Kiyonari at Brands Hatch
Stuart Easton - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - Buildbase BMW [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Byrne, Brookes, Ellison podium [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Patric Muff - Bathams BMW [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Costello - Halsall Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Milwaukee Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Chris Walker [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins - Tyco Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot - Quatto Plant Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Chris Walker - GBmoto Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Chris Walker - GBmoto Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ben Wilson - Gearlink Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Barry Burrell - WD-40 Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]

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