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Peter Hickman has produced a thrilling final lap to fight off Shane Byrne to take his second career BSB win, as the Be Wiser Ducati rider takes an early MCE British Superbike championship lead with two runner-up finishes.

In a race which shadowed the 2016 opener, Byrne scythed through the leading pack to become the sole challenger to a surprising race leader in the shape of Hickman after race one winner Michael Laverty suffered a technical problem halfway through the race adn dropped from first to sixth.

Hickman was hounded by the four-time BSB champion in the closing stages, with Byrne attempting to better his race one results with a last-lap move. After Hickman ran deep into Brooklands the pair almost collided around the tight Luffield bend before a blast to the line which the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider won by 0.099s with Byrne crossing the line after recovering from a huge slide around Woodcote.

The all-action final lap had been followed by plenty of battles throughout the leading pack with Christian Iddon holding on to a second consecutive third place despite picking up a 0.5s time penalty for exceeding track limits while battling for position.

Jason O'Halloran won a tight contest with the returning Leon Haslam to complete the top five, with Laverty in sixth having stabilised from his mid-race wobble. In a very tight race, with less than nine seconds separating the top 11 finishers, Lee Jackson, James Ellison, Dan Linfoot and Luke Mossey rounded out the top ten.

A late fade on the Bennetts Suzuki by Ryuichi Kiyonari dropped him behind Richard Cooper and into 12th but ahead of Glenn Irwin, Alastair Seeley and Jakub Smrz who claimed the final points places.

With the cooler track conditions the majority of the grid opted for the harder compound Pirelli rear tyre, with a particular exception of John Hopkins on the softer option. At lights out it was almost a repeat story from race one with Laverty bolting to the front with a JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider for company, this time in the shape of Hickman.

The Tyco BMW rider scythed into the lead in a similar fashion to his race-winning overtake in the opener by slotting underneath Hickman at Farm on lap two, while Byrne pulled an identical move at the same corner on O'Halloran to take fourth.

The echoes of race one continued as Hickman, playing the role of Byrne, kept Laverty in close company during the middle chunk of the race and on lap six last year's Macau Grand Prix winner traded moves with the Northern Irish rider.

After the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider led for a lap the two resumed their battle but Laverty appeared to suffer a technical issue on lap eight when mid-corner he took his left hand off the bar to throw away a tear-off. The issue clearly hampered Laverty under braking as he dropped down the order rapidly but still had the speed and acceleration to race.

The race one winner's trouble duly promoted the leading pack up a place with Byrne taking the battle to Hickman for the lead.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider stalked the leader into the final lap but he couldn't take advantage of Hickman running deep into Brooklands in a frantic sprint to the chequered flag.

However, Byrne does leave with a healthy early helping of podium credits thanks to his two runner-up finishes and leaves Silverstone as championship leader.

 

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