Byrne back on top at Thruxton

Having started race one in last position, Byrne can leave Thruxton satisfied with a third place and a race win.
Having begun his day at the back of the grid for race one, Shane Byrne ended the fourth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship on a high with a dominant third win of the season in race two at Thruxton.

Having surged from 33rd all the way up to third position during the first encounter, Byrne was rewarded with pole position in race two by virtue of his fastest lap, a privilege he made the most of as he got away with the leaders into the opening bends.

Though Michael Rutter led initially in what continued to be difficult weather conditions, Byrne was ahead by the end of the opening lap and simply proceeded to pull away relentlessly.

Similarly to the first race, a lead group of Peter Hickman, Rutter, John Hopkins, Michael Laverty, Dan Linfoot and Alex Lowes, plus Tommy Hill, swiftly broke away from the chasing pack as they diced for the leading positions.

Once more it was Lowes, starting tenth this time, that made the swiftest progress, scything his way up the order to run in second position by lap five and lapping at a similar pace to that of Byrne.

However, his hopes of closing down Byrne's already sizeable four second lead came to an abrupt end on lap six when he high-sided on the exit of the Club chicane. Unhurt, though frustrated, it was a disappointing end to an otherwise very positive weekend for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider.

Lowes's retirement reinstated Hickman into second position, the Tyco Honda man being chased by Rutter as the race entered its closing stages. Though Rutter pounced for second on lap ten, Hickman promptly responded by retaking the position and pulling away from the Ducati rider.

Rutter's race would then come to a dramatic conclusion just over a lap from the chequered flag when he crashed at Church, the race one podium winner falling at high-speed but walking away seemingly unhurt.

Back at the front, Byrne completed his third victory of the season to complete a satisfying turnaround and further cement his place in the impending BSB shootout.

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Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Honda Racing]
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]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Green Monster

May 30, 2011 9:01 PM

@Binza thats now only 7 points for Kiyo from Croft and Thruxton out of a possible 100! Excellent rides from Shakey today 33rd to 9th in 2 laps was incredible. Hopkins showing the class that runs though his veins and Lowes showing his raw skill, shame he fell.


May 31, 2011 12:02 PM

smoknfastkiwi , Shakey's return to form has more to do with him now being on an up to date full factory bike and not the second hand bag of sh*te he raced in WSB.The last time Shakey raced in BSB he was on a full factory bike with current electronics and dominated the championship.I hope he is able to take part in the British round of the WSB championship as a wildcard on this current HM Plant Honda to to see what he can do in WSB on a factory bike.I wouldn't say the BSB championship is easy this year,i think Tommy Hill may give Shakey a good run once he regains full fitness and it's a shame Stuart Easton is now ruled out for the season,that could have changed everything and would have made the championship even better.It's been great so far though.Shakey is just proving what he can do a decent bike,good rider.

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