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Byrne doubles up as Brookes comes down

15 June 2014

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Shane Byrne has moved clear in the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship standings after recording a double victory in third round of the season at Snetterton, while closest rival Josh Brookes crashed out.

Fresh from his victory in race one, Byrne was looking to make it another double to further his advantage in the overall standings and it was an objective he fulfilled in style as he prevailed in the jostle for the lead on the opening lap with Brookes.

Setting a fast pace out front, Byrne attempted to stretch the pack, but Brookes, James Ellison and Tommy Bridewell would go with him to create a four-way lead battle.

For the most part though, it was Brookes that looked best placed to launch an assault on Byrne only for him to high-side at Montreal and crash out of the race.

The Australian's exit gave Byrne the breathing room to complete the double success, his fifth win in six races earning him more precious podium credits and putting him well on his way for the BSB Title Showdown already.

The fight for second went down to the wire, with Ellison getting the nod after passing Bridewell on the penultimate lap, though third place still marks the latter's first BSB podium of the season.

Ryuichi Kiyonari brought some cheer to BMW in a tough race that saw James Westmoreland and Patric Muff exit early on, while Julien Da Costa recovered from his race one fall to round out the top five on the Honda.

Dan Linfoot completed a strong race day in sixth place, heading off John Hopkins, Jakub Smrz, Josh Waters and Richard Cooper.


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