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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
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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]
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Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Byrne, Brookes, Ellison podium [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Josh Brookes - Milwaukee Yamaha [pic 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.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 30, 2011 8:56 PM

Kiyo needs to pull his finger out - with all due respect to Peter Hickman he is not a rider I would have expected to outclass Kiyo at Thruxton. On top of that he is now out of the top six and in danger of not qualifying for the shootout. Re the first comment - of course BSB is easier than WSB!



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