Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne did the double this weekend on his Be Wiser Ducati machinery on the Brands Hatch GP circuit for the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
After a bad start from the second row of the grid, Shane Byrne had a difficult first few laps seeing him down drop down the ranks to 9th place. It was Luke Mossey- JG Speedfit Kawasaki- who took an early lead from pole man Josh Brookes and his Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha machine. After Shaun Winfield’s crash led to the safety car being needed, Linfoot took his chance to lead the pack on his Honda Racing machine. An epic six-way battle then took place, with Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW- taking the lead halfway through the race with both JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders- Luke Mossey and Leon Haslam- battling it out for the final place on the podium.
Meanwhile, Byrne started dicing his way through the pack and ended up in the lead with just two laps to go. Despite Linfoot looking like he was going to make a move, the rain started falling which led to the race being red flagged. After the battle for the final podium place, it was Haslam who took third place from Hickman with a gap of 0.058s separating the two. Despite starting from pole position, Josh Brookes finished in 5th place with just under a second separating him and James Ellison- McAMS Yamaha.
It was Honda Racing rider Dan Linfoot who set the fastest lap of race one on lap 5 with a time of 1:25.490s.
Results (top 5):
- Shane Byrne – Be Wiser Ducati – 26:56:0.39
- Dan Linfoot – Honda Racing – +0.365
- Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – +0.737
- Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – +0.795
- Josh Brookes – Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha – +1.535
In race two, Byrne got a good start from the front row of the grid which allowed him to take the lead in the early stages. However, for Josh Brookes he didn’t get the best of starts as he crossed the line in fourth place at the end of lap one. Due to being held up by Dan Linfoot, Byrne had already pulled over a second lead before Brookes passed Linfoot. After a strong charge from Brookes, he managed to cut Byrne’s lead to just 0.4s before crashing out of the race at the mid-way point. As Brookes crashed out, it allowed Byrne and his Be Wiser Ducati machine to take a dominant win with James Ellison and Christian Iddon (returning from injury) battling it out for the final two places on the podium.
It was Peter Hickman who took 4th place once again on his Smiths Racing BMW. After finishing race one in third place, Leon Haslam finished the race in 5th place with the second JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey completing the top 6.
It was Josh Brookes on his Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha machine who took the fastest lap of the race (and setting a new lap record) on lap 4 of the race with a time of 1:24.873s.
Results (top 5):
- Shane Byrne – Be Wiser Ducati – 28:36.034
- James Ellison – McAMS Yamaha – +5.787
- Christian Iddon – Tyco BMW – +6.167
- Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – +8.039
- Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – +10.079
Championship standings after round 6 (top 6):
- Shane Byrne – Be Wiser Ducati – 190pts
- Luke Mossey – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 161pts
- Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 159pts
- Jason O’Halloran – Honda Racing – 133pts
- Josh Brookes – Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha – 129pts
- Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – 119pts