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Shane Byrne has returned to the top step of the rostrum with an impressive performance at Brands Hatch Indy ahead of Richard Cooper, with Leon Haslam claiming the MCE British Superbike championship lead thanks to his third place.

The four-time BSB champion has claimed his first win since returning to Ducati machinery with his Paul Bird Motorsport squad having worked his way through the pack to rescue a tricky race weekend.

After James Ellison and Michael Laverty suffered separate mechanical breakdowns Byrne in fifth pulled off heart-in-mouth passes, with two dramatic overtakes at Clearways on Haslam and Cooper, to take his 69th career BSB win.

Cooper, who had been leading the race after Ellison's breakdown, had a second BSB win taken out of his grasp on the penultimate lap by Byrne but will be delighted to signal himself as a Showdown contender for Buildbase BMW.

After stealing victory by a bike length in race one, Haslam managed his race to take third place and grab the BSB championship lead from Christian Iddon.

Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell couldn't quite match the feat of third place in race one but took a commendable fourth ahead of an improving Honda duo of Dan Linfoot and Jason O'Halloran.

Iddon has been bumped down to third in the BSB riders' standings after a difficult race weekend for Tyco BMW ended in seventh place in race two, while his team-mate Michael Laverty suffered a heartbreaking engine blowout.

Peter Hickman took a solid eighth place to give himself good momentum ahead of the Isle of Man TT while ePayMe Yamaha's Stuart Easton claimed his best result of the year in ninth in front of pole-sitter Luke Mossey.

John Hopkins grabbed 11th ahead of the consistent Lee Jackson with Howie Mainwaring Smart, Alastair Seeley and Danny Buchan who completed the points-paying positions.

In a relatively calm start to the race each rider maintained their place at the front with Ellison trading passes for the lead with Mossey. Race two was jolted into action after Laverty suffered a huge engine blow out on his Tyco BMW on Cooper straight but had the sensible presence of mind to pull over immediately.

With the fear of fluid being split on the track by Laverty's stricken machine the safety car was deployed at the start of lap 11 - just after Mossey made a mistake at Surtees which allowed Ellison to take the lead and Cooper grabbed second.

However, the technical gremlins then struck the leading JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider on lap 16 as Ellison was forced to pull up at Clearways with a mechanical breakdown.

In a repeat of race one Mossey's race pace dropped badly in the final third of the race and was quickly swallowed up by the chasing pack. Out in front Cooper brought Haslam and Byrne with him in a breakaway.

With much less traffic in front of him compared to race one, Byrne sized up Haslam at Clearways with four laps to go before repeating the tricky at the same corner on Cooper on the penultimate lap to take his first win since Oulton Park in September 2015.

 

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