BSB TT Circuit Assen: 'Gamble' paid off for relieved Byrne

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki star back to winning ways with dramatic Showdown victory in race two over MCE British Superbike title rival Ryuichi Kiyonari at Assen
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated his first MCE British Superbike win since June in style with a stunning last-gasp pass to take victory over Ryuichi Kiyonari at Assen in race two.

It was the perfect response from Byrne, who crashed out of third place in the wet in the opening race, enabling Kiyonari to cut his championship lead to seven points as the Japanese rider clinched a runner-up finish behind Tyco Suzuki's Josh Waters.

A relieved Byrne, who shadowed Kiyonari for most of the race before a perfectly timed move at Assen's famous chicane, said: “I'm over the moon. It has been a long time since I won a race though it was almost cruel to take it like that.

“I had looked at a way past Kiyo but it was going to be a bit of a gamble as on the last lap we were really close.

“My speed through the previous corner was a bit faster than his, and then I was along the side of his bike. I thought my bike had better stick and grip, or I am going to launch myself over the top to the moon.

“Luckily for me it held and I took the win in that one, making up for the first race when I threw it up the road. I had even decided that third place then was better than a crash.”

Byrne, who was celebrating his 58th BBS triumph, now leads Kiyonari by only 12 points ahead of the final two Showdown rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch in October as both lock horns for a record fourth title.

The championship has now become a two-horse race after Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes endured a nightmare weekend, failing to score any points in either race.

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September 23, 2014 2:31 AM

Great race! Thank goodness as WSBK has been marred by round cancellations and although I can find some enjoyment in being part of history in watching MM destroy the MotoGP field, BSB race 2 at Assen is what racing is all about. Although I am a huge Byrnes fan, like Tetley commented, it wouldn't be a total loss for me to see Kiyo take the crown.


September 22, 2014 12:45 PM

I've been a Shakey enthusiast since his Ducati days and his first BSB successes, and early season I was banking on Shakey taking the 2014 Championship. But after wins at Knockhill and Oulton, Kiyo's return to form prompted me to comment to Mrs Tbaggs that it was not unthinkable that Kiyo could give Shakey a run for the crown. Since then Kiyo's good form continued, while Shakey strayed into the doldrums for a while. They are now very close at the top and I am becoming more convinced that Kiyo will take the title. Again. I've spoken to Kiyo a couple of times and he is such a pleasant bloke, so polite. So I don't mind which of the two takes home the Trophy, but I think Kiyo will have the edge. Shakey has had a wake-up call.

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