Shane 'Shakey' Byrne stormed to victory in race one at Cadwell Park on the Bank Holiday, claiming his first ever British Superbike title in front of a record 36,250 crowd.

After claiming the title with his tenth victory of the season, the MonsterMob Ducati rider had to settle for third place next time out as local rider Steve Plater stole the show, but the afternoon had already been a highpoint in the young Englishman's career.

The 26-year old was at his most determined to end a run of seven races without a victory, and shrugged aside the bruising he had taken in a crash during qualifying to grab the lead from John Reynolds at Park corner on the opening lap.

Honda Racing's Plater was soon challenging the series leader, moving into second place before a mechanical problem forced him to retire. Even with Plater out of the equation, however, there was little respite for Byrne as Reynolds upped the power and moved his Rizla Suzuki to within a couple of bike lengths.

The duel at the front was intense but, having led from the first corner, Byrne held on to claim his sweetest twenty five points of the season.

"I had to ride really hard over the last two laps - John was making life anything but easy," he explained, "That was one of the hardest races I have ever had - I tried hard to break John, but he was as strong as I expected him to be.

"The win was fantastic, and the right way to win the title. People had been saying to me 'ride for two safe fifth places and take the title that way', but, if I had done that, I would have sulked all of the way home. This is just great."

Reynolds, riding at his best, had tried to make in-roads into 'Shakey's lead but was unable to force his way past the newly crowned champion.

"I knew there were places I could close in on him using the brakes, but I made an error and the chance had gone," the veteran admitted.

Renegade Ducati's Michael Rutter completed the podium, storming home to finish in third place.

 

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