Oulton Park BSB: Irrepressible Byrne captures landmark 50th victory

MCE British Superbike Championship favourite Shane 'Shakey' Byrne grinds out 50th series victory with race two triumph over Josh Brookes at Oulton Park
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne secured his 50th MCE British Superbike victory following an incident-packed race two at Oulton Park.

Byrne achieved the landmark win on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R in a dramatic race that saw Saturday's winner James Ellison plus fellow Showdown protagonist Alex Lowes slide out of contention on the final laps.

It was a powerful performance by triple BSB champion Byrne, who had to settle for second place on Saturday behind Milwaukee Yamaha's Ellison.

The 36-year-old has already cemented his place in the 2013 Showdown and his victory this afternoon further underlined his status as hot favourite to clinch an unprecedented fourth crown.

It was Lowes who flew into first place on the opening lap closely followed by pole man Byrne and the pair engaged in a frenetic tussle as they swapped positions in the early laps with Ellison right in the mix.

Byrne made his move as he slipped underneath Lowes at Lodge and Ellison followed suit, taking second place on the YZF-R1 at Old Hall as Lowes dropped back to third.

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari on the second Samsung Honda were giving chase in fourth and fifth places as the leading trio went head to head.

At the half-way mark it was still Byrne from Ellison and Lowes with Brookes and Kiyonari making strong headway.

Lowes soon began to come under pressure from Australian rider Brookes and the Tyco Suzuki star placed himself in the podium frame with a move on the Honda man at Lodge.

Brookes then proceeded to reel in Ellison and grabbed second position with a strong pass at Shells Oils corner.

With Byrne dictating matters at the front albeit under pressure from Brookes, the drama began to unfold as Lowes overtook Ellison for third into Island, with the Milwaukee Yamaha rider running wide and sliding off his R1, escaping unhurt.

Kiyonari was now promoted to fourth as Byrne continued to lead from Brookes and Lowes with the race heading for a thrilling conclusion.

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