Shane Byrne says he cruised to victory at Snetterton after taking a dominant double winner to regain the MCE British Superbike championship lead from James Ellison.

The defending BSB champion rode flawlessly at the Norfolk circuit, leading every lap of each race for his second and third victories of the season, while JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Ellison surrendered his lead after suffering a DNF in race one and struggled to seventh in race two.

Combined with his rivals' misfortunes, Byrne now leads the championship by 17 points from Josh Brookes and also claimed a mammoth helping of Podium points for the Showdown later in the year.

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"Today was one of them really nice days where I felt like I was cruising around," Byrne said. "Everything felt really comfortable and I thoroughly enjoyed the race. I'm over the moon for PBM Kawasaki, they've been working really hard."

Despite enjoying a perfect race weekend the four-time BSB champion was left to sweat on his way to his race one victory when his Kawasaki's electronics picked up a bug which meant he had problems with gear downshifts.

"It was a really lucky win because we had a problem with the bike about two-thirds into the race which got progressively worse and worse," Byrne explained. "I knew I had a good start and got a good rhythm but I had to be really, really careful because full throttle application was causing a big headache.

"We sussed out what the problem - the bike was thinking it was changing gear when it wasn't - and the guys fixed that and the bike was faultless in race two."

Byrne was full of credit to his PBM Kawasaki team who provided him with the tools to take full advantage of his rivals' problems.

"The team had worked so hard to hard to get us where we are, so now it is onwards and upwards for us."


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Fantastic ride! Class act all weekend!