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Jul 22, 2012

British Superbike Race Results From Brands Hatch

Round seven 22 July Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit
"SHAKEY" STEALS THE SHOW WITH DOUBLE WIN FOR HOME CROWD

Results

Race one:
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.469s
3:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +6.434s
4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +7.197s
5:Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +9.172s
6:Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +9.738s

Race two:
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.583s
3:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +2.265s
4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +3.104s
5:Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha +9.261s
6:Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +14.644s

Championship standings:
1:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 266
2:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 255
3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 246
4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 172
5:Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 124
6:Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) 113

Report

Shane "Shakey" Byrne scorched to his first winning double of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season at his home round on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit as he headed off rivals Josh Brookes and reigning title holder Tommy Hill in each of the races.

The former two times winner of the title came under pressure from title rival Brookes in both races but he held off the Australian Tyco Suzuki rider to give the team their first double win since returning to the championship.

Byrne was quick to praise the efforts of his team for their work on his bike: "These wins are down to real hard work by my team. The big thing is that they got to the bottom of some of the problems we had been having earlier on in the season and now we are getting the punch out of the corners and that is so important.

"I was riding as hard as I could all of the way Josh kept me honest out there. It was a case of being as precise and careful as possible especially in the second race when Josh came at me on the outside at Paddock but I held him off.

"Then I had a bit of a wobble at Surtees, then missed a gear in the closing stages and I though they were going to do me, but I held on," added Byrne who has now moved into second place in the overall standings eleven points down on Swan Yamaha's Hill who finished both races in third place.

Brookes took a double seond place but the Tyco Suzuki riding Aussie said: "There were a couple of times when I wasn't really thinking about anything else other than a pass on Shakey. I forgot who was behind me and I knew the only way to get passed was with a forceful move as he wasn't making any mistakes. I tried around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend and then I think we even made contact at Druids but he just had that little bit extra on me today."

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