Shane Byrne rounded off his British Superbike title winning season in superb style on Sunday, completing a fourth winning double and taking his victory tally to twelve, with a commanding performance in front of a 22,334 crowd at Donington Park's final round.

The MonsterMob Ducati rider had set a furious pace throughout, first shattering the lap record, to claim his fourth pole start of the season, and then running out front in the 20 lap races at the Leicestershire grand prix circuit.

Byrne however had nothing easy. Michael Rutter was in close contention in the early stages of the opener, prior to Sean Emmett taking over the chase, and closing in dramatically on the leader. He swapped places several times for with Byrne before the champion was able to make the break, taking the victory half a second.

"I got ahead of him, but he was straight back at me, there was no chance to open up a gap," reflected Emmett, adding, "I thought about a do or die effort at the last corner but decided against the risk."

Emmett, riding the ETI Ducati, also took the up the running in the second race, as Byrne, romped clear - but soon it was John Reynolds, aboard the Rizla Suzuki who had moved into second place and was making deep inroads in the leader's advantage.

Reynolds, already assured of the runners-up spot but keen to end the campaign with a fifth victory, moved within a third of a second of Byrne, but the leader got the break as they lapped a couple of backmarkers, surging on to victory by some three seconds.

"These results were just what I had hoped for though it was far from easy out there. I kept opening a gap but they kept coming back at me and I thought why don't you just leave me alone and let me win," smiled Shakey.

 

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