Shane Byrne continues to lead the MCE British Superbike Championship standings, despite being denied a double victory at Croft.

The HM Plant Honda rider show imperious form during both races to snatch the lead early on, but an engine blow mid-way through the first race would force Byrne into his first retirement of the season.

Despite this, Byrne had done enough to secure a front row start for race two, the former champion rewarding the efforts of his mechanics by romping to a comfortable second victory of the season.

Going from 'disappointment to elation' in one day, Byrne maintains his place at the top of the standings by three points from John Hopkins.

"The first race was obviously disappointing for me and the HM Plant Honda team as I desperately wanted to win and do a good job for HM Plant at their home round. In the first race it was a gamble on tyres and we opted for slicks, but it was the right choice and we were able to build up a lead.

"We were unlucky to have a mechanical failure whilst leading as we have done so many miles on the bikes and it was just a shame it happened in the race. The HM Plant Honda team then worked hard between the races to get me ready for race two and I had a bit of a strategy to just see how the race unfolded. We tried hard, settled down and then I just pushed to edge the gap and then tried to keep it consistent and control the lead.

"It was disappointment to elation for me in one day but we were able to end the day on a high and it was a great victory for myself and the HM Plant Honda team at our title sponsor's home round."



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