MonsterMob Ducati's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne drew first blood at the opening round of the British Superbike Championship powered by Halls when he followed up a race win in the opening leg with a safe second place in race two to end the day leading the 24 race series with 45 points from nearest rival Michael Rutter (38 points).

In race one, Shakey took the lead from Michael Rutter in the early stages and pulled away from the field to take the first victory of the season from Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama.

The 26 year old from Minster, led from the start in race two but traded places with fellow Ducati rider Michael Rutter to end up finishing in second place aboard the MonsterMob Ducati F02 machine.

"The first race was fantastic and what a way to start the season "said Byrne. "I tried a different tyre in race two but I couldn't hang on to Michael but I'm happy enough with the results".

MonsterMob Ducati Supersport rider Stuart Easton also led the British Supersport race from the start, finishing in 3rd place after the race was red flagged with four laps to go.

The 18 year old from Hawick ran with the leading bunch for much of the race but when the race was stopped, his hopes of a race win were dashed.

"I was planning a challenge later on in the race but wasn't sure if the tyre was good enough so I'm happy with a rostrum although I would have liked to have been a place or two higher" said defending champion Easton.

Team owner Paul Bird commented: "That first race win was fantastic and all credit to the boys in the garage who have worked hard. There's a long way to go yet though but we've shown we intend to hang on to our titles."

[Pic: Double Red]



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