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Byrne prevails in thrilling BSB opener

Shane Byrne scores a victory on his BSB return, ahead of Tommy Hill, who recovers to second having just avoided his crashing team-mate Michael Laverty.
Shane Byrne has won the opening round of the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship after keeping his head in what was at times a chaotic Brands Hatch race.

The HM Plant Honda rider capitalised on a massive accident for Michael Laverty, who tumbled out of the lead on lap 11 when he high-sided at Clark Curve.

Laverty had been out front from the end of the second lap when he dipped aggressively beneath initial leader Byrne at Clearways before nosing ahead through Clark Curve and across the finishing straight.

With Tommy Hill in third position, sandwiched by Byrne and his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari, the quartet began to pull away from the chasing pack, led by the fast-starting Stuart Easton and John Hopkins.

However, the front group would be split up over the course of three laps when Kiyonari fell by the wayside on lap eight with a mechanical issue, before Laverty suffered his spectacular crash on lap 11.

His fall, directly in front of the chasing duo, forced Byrne to slow in avoidance, while Hill had nowhere to go but through the gravel trap along the start-finish straight. Despite the severity of the crash, and an impact with Hill's bike, Laverty walked away from the crash unharmed.

With the safety car out, the series of events had shaken up the order, with Easton now in the lead, ahead of Byrne, Loris Baz, Josh Brookes, Michael Rutter and Tommy Bridewell. Hill rejoined in 11th, while Hopkins, who had been tailing Easton at the time, was at the back of the field following a fall at Druids.

With his main rivals down or out, Byrne wasted no time in relieving Easton of the lead when the race resumed with a pass at Druids, though the Scot did briefly fight back with a determined pass at Clark Curve.

Byrne would eventually resume in the lead on lap 17, a decisive pass that would see him go on to enjoy an unchallenged run to the chequered flag for a victory on his return to the British Superbike Championship.




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Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Honda Racing]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Honda Racing]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Honda Racing]
Ryuichi Kiyonari at Donington Park
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Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
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Michael Rutter Bathams Prize Winning Ales - ihphotography.net
Michael Rutter Bathams Prize Winning Ales - ihphotography.net
Julien Da Costa Honda Racing - ihphotography.net

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