MonsterMob Ducati rider Shane Byrne strengthened his grip on the 2003 British Superbike Championship with his second consecutive double victory, to emerge from round four 65 points to the good.

The 26 year old Kent rider followed up his first ever double win at Thruxton over Easter with a repeat performance in front of a bumper bank holiday crowd at Oulton Park, Cheshire to take command of the 12 round series.

"I got my head down in race one and kept plugging away and gradually built a gap," explained Byrne, "There was a minor problem with the bike so we decided to use the spare for race two and I was a little apprehensive but it all worked out just fine. Another double is unbelievable and all credit to a fantastic team effort."

Meanwhile team mate Stuart Easton couldn't reciprocate in the Supersport class when problems in qualifying relegated him to a row three start aboard the MonsterMob 748 Ducati.

The 18 year old Hawick racer battled his way up to fifth at the flag to be docked a place for a chicane infringement on the final lap.

"I'm disappointed as I've conceded a lot of points to my rivals today," said Easton. "I need to be winning and a sixth place is not a lot of good to my championship aspirations."

And whilst team owner Paul Bird was delighted with his team's Superbike results, he sympathised with Easton.

"Shakey's on fire at present and long may it continue - but another double is fantastic," noted Bird, "Stuart proved at Thruxton that he can cut it with the best but today wasn't his day."

The next round takes place at Knockhill, Scotland on 17/18th May.



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