The new British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne celebrated his title with another rostrum performance in race two in front of a record 36,250 crowd at Cadwell Park today.

Byrne followed home Suzuki's John Reynolds and the Honda of winner Steve Plater to celebrate his seventeenth rostrum placing of the season but ironically his first third place of the year.

Shakey got a poor start but gradually clawed back the gap to take third position at the end of the eighteen lap race.

"The race was a bit tactical really," noted Byrne. "I got a bad start and got a bit bashed up on the first lap but got it together again and made up some time. Once I got past Gary Mason and Leon Haslam I managed to catch the top three quite easily. I felt quite relaxed and sat behind John Reynolds and watched him for a bit, I thought I could pass him but I just left it a bit too late to be honest."

Meanwhile defending Supersport Champion Stuart Easton relinquished his British title when main rival Karl Harris won the race and the young Scot could do no better than fourth place.

Nevertheless it has been a gallant effort by the Hawick rider especially due to the fact that he has been campaigning an elderly machine against much more modern bikes this year.

"I struggled with the package to be honest. I couldn't get the bike to do what I wanted it to do. I'm very disappointed. I gave 100 per cent but it wasn't good enough on the day," said Easton.

Team owner Paul Bird was disappointed to relinquish the Supersport title: "Stuart rode good for the first half of the race but lost heart in the second part. I hope to see some improvement in his performance next time."

The series moves on to Brands Hatch in three weeks' time [13th and 14th September] for the penultimate round.



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