Byrne back on top at Thruxton

Rutter's demise ensured Hickman was free to score an excellent maiden BSB podium, a rich reward for him in what has been an excellent weekend. Second place also marks the best BSB result yet for Tyco Honda and comes after Tommy Bridewell scored a podium at the Brands Hatch opener.

John Hopkins crossed the line in third position for another impressive podium finish, the American getting the better of Dan Linfoot on the penultimate lap. Frustratingly for Linfoot, he would also be passed on the final bend by Hill, leaving him in fifth.

A year on from scoring a maiden BSB win at Thruxton, Josh Brookes completed a quiet weekend in sixth, though he did get the better of Laverty, who couldn't match the pace that took him to victory in race one as he finished seventh.

Chris Walker took his second top ten finish of the day on the improving Pr1mo Kawasaki, ahead of Jon Kirkham and Martin Jessopp, while Loris Baz and James Westmoreland completed a disappointing weekend for Motorpoint Yamaha in 11th and 12th. John Laverty, Gary Mason – who started from the pit lane – and Steve Brogan rounded out the points.

Elsewhere, reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari was well off the pace once again, crossing the line in 22nd overall, while Barry Burrell completed his second EVO win of the day for Buildbase BMW.

In the championship race, Byrne and Hopkins have pulled away from the chasing pack as they look strong bets for a shootout place, though things remain somewhat tighter behind them.

Indeed, with four rounds gone, the absent Stuart Easton remains third, ahead of Hill, Laverty and now Hickman, who is now the only rider to have finished every race inside the points this season. Kiyonari is down to seventh, though nine points cover Hill in fourth down to Kirkham in ninth.

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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]
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]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [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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