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Leon Haslam has grabbed a gutsy victory on his first return to Knockhill in eight years after holding off Dan Linfoot in a frantic finale, while Shane Byrne fell early on at the hairpin and collected debutant Jake Dixon.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider produced a solid getaway alongside Jason O'Halloran while pole-sitter Byrne bogged down off the line to drop to ninth place.

The BSB championship leader nipped ahead of the Honda Racing rider before his charge was halted by a safety car when Byrne low-sided at the hairpin, leaving Dixon nowhere to go who was then hit by Josh Wainwright.

Once the action resumed Haslam maintained his front spot but was constantly under pressure from O'Halloran's Honda team-mate Linfoot, with the pair trading passes in the final ten laps.

Haslam regained the lead with three laps to go and produced a robust defence at the hairpin to block Linfoot's late lunge and duly sprinted to the chequered flag for his third win of the season.

Linfoot narrowly missed out on a maiden BSB win but will be pleased with an impressive second place while Mossey charged from 12th on the grid to complete the podium trio.

John Hopkins, who briefly led after the safety car re-start, converted his promising pace on the ePayMe Yamaha to take a season-best of fourth ahead of Peter Hickman and Richard Cooper.

James Ellison produced a strong recovery ride to claim seventh place ahead of Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty and O'Halloran who faded late on.

Danny Buchan rounded out the top ten ahead of Glenn Irwin, Tommy Bridewell, Lee Jackson, Christian Iddon and Alastair Seeley.

It was a first pointless race of the year for Byrne after he got a disastrous start from pole position he was swallowed up by the charging pack with O'Halloran assuming the lead with Haslam and Hickman in close company.

Pushing to get back up from ninth position, Byrne slipped into a low side fall in the middle of the hairpin and in heavy traffic Jake Dixon following had nowhere to go but clip the rear of the Be Wiser Ducati.

The BSB debutant, looking to move his RAF Reserves BMW off track, was then collected by Josh Wainwright who clattered heavily into the young rider. Wainwright's PR Racing BMW then expired down the home straight unbeknownst to the British rider who eventually pulled over half a lap later.

The incident forced a safety car period to enable marshals to recover the stricken machines as medics attended to Dixon. Byrne had re-joined the race but due to BSB regulations the four-time champion was duly black-flagged.

Once the safety car pitted Haslam looked to break away at the front but was joined by Linfoot as Mossey surged up to third with two-thirds race distance completed.

Haslam duly fended off Linfoot and has taken a stride ahead in the BSB championship standings thanks to his third win coupled with Byrne's failure and Iddon down in 14th.

 

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