Byrne on record pace at Donington BSB test

Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes set a scintillating pace during the first day of official BSB testing at Donington Park.
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The first day of official MCE British Superbike Championship pre-season testing has concluded with Shane Byrne's lap record topping the timesheets at Donington Park.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider, who is attempting to score a record fourth BSB title in 2014, took the new-look Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to a lap time of 1min 29.550secs, eclipsing the previous record in the process.

Not that Byrne was the sole dominant rider around the Leicestershire circuit, with new Milwaukee Yamaha recruit Josh Brookes proving similarly fast at 1min 29.736secs after the day's two sessions.

Some six tenths further back was third place man Jakub Smrz, the former WSBK podium showing encouraging pace on what will be the only Ducati 1199 Panigale R in the field this season, while BSB veteran Chris Walker was fourth fastest for new employers Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki.

Heading up the BMW charge in fifth was James Westmoreland, ahead of Tommy Bridewell and series returnee Stuart Easton, while John Hopkins made a welcome return to British soil with the eighth best time for Tyco Suzuki.

Ahead of his much anticipated switch to BMW machinery in 2014, Ryuichi Kiyonari was a notable ninth best on the Buildbase machine, ahead of James Ellison.

Of the many newcomers to the 30-strong BSB grid in 2014 (see full entry list here), Richard Cooper was fastest on the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki in 12th place

Tagged as: Kawasaki , Byrne

Related Pictures

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Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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April 02, 2014 7:58 AM

That's what I like about Shakey, he never gives less than his all. He's fast but the thing that gives him the edge is that his hunger never seems to change. I still wish that a far thinking competitive team would give him a ride in WSBK, I think he would still surprise a few people. When he was there last time he didn't have the equipment to succeed.

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