Oct 6, 2013
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MCE British Superbike Championship: Shane Byrne (67) beats Alex Lowes (22) to the line to win Race Two in a photo finish.
MCE British Superbike World Championship
Silverstone Circuit, England
October 6, 2013
Race One Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 14 laps, 29:43.638
2. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -0.094 second
3. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -8.372 seconds
4. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -8.605
5. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -14.407
6. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -15.568
7. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -20.292
8. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -21.619
9. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199 Panigale), -23.918
10. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -30.307
11. Freddy Foray, France (Hon CBR1000RR), -31.579
12. Josh Waters, Australia (Kaw ZX-10R), -31.982
13. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -33.382
14. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -33.409
15. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -33.458
16. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -47.906
17. Danny De Boer (Hon CBR1000RR), -50.230
18. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -59.907
19. Aaron Zanotti (Suz GSX-R1000), -65.271
20. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -83.969
21. Jamie Poole (Kaw ZX-10R), -98.190
22. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -5 laps, DNF
23. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), -10 laps, DNF
24. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), -10 laps, DNF
25. Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Kaw ZX-10R), -14 laps, DNF
26. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -14 laps, DNF
Race Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 14 laps, 29:40.169
2. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -0.012 second
3. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -3.686 seconds
4. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -6.916
5. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), -7.507
6. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -7.597
7. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -14.060
8. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199 Panigale), -22.419
9. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -23.609
10. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -26.118
11. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -26.200
12. Josh Waters, Australia (Kaw ZX-10R), -26.839
13. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -29.454
14. Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Kaw ZX-10R), -34.479
15. Freddy Foray, France (Hon CBR1000RR), -34.458
16. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -35.107
17. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -35.193
18. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -35.773
19. Aaron Zanotti (Suz GSX-R1000), -73.940
20. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), -81.921
21. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -84.247
22. Jamie Poole (Kaw ZX-10R), -95.163
23. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -14 laps, DNF
24. Danny De Boer (Hon CBR1000RR), -14 laps, DNF
25. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), DNS
26. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), DNS
Championship Point Standings (After 23 of 26 races):
1. Byrne, 604 points
2. Lowes, 603
3. Ellison, 562
4. Brookes, 546
5. Westmoreland, 534
6. Ryuichi Kiyonari, 522
7. Kirkham, 193
8. Bridewell, 174
9. Jacobsen, 167
10. Walker, 141
Other Americans in action at Silverstone include: Tommy Aquino, Michael Corbino and Jayson Uribe.
Aquino, riding his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, finished fifth out of 40 riders in the Pirelli 1000cc Superstock race. Aquino is sixth in the Championship standings, after 11 of 12 races.
Corbino, riding a spec Triumph Daytona 675R, finished 10th out of 35 riders in Triumph Triple Challenge Race Two. Corbino is 15th in the Championship point standings, after 16 of 18 races.
Uribe, riding his Rock & Sons Racing Honda RS125, finished 13th overall and eighth in the 125cc class in the 31-rider Monster Energy Motorstar race. Uribe is 10th in the Championship point standings, after 11 of 12 races.
More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:
Round 11 Silverstone 6 October
BATTERED BYRNE TAKES HEROIC PHOTO FINISH WIN TO MAINTAIN A SINGLE POINT LEAD
1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda)
2:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.094s
3:Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +8.372s
4:PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +8.605s
5:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +14.407s
6:Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +15.568s
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.012s
3:Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +3.686s
4:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +6.916s
5:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +7.507s
6:PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +7.597s
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 604
2:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 603
3:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 562
4:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 546
5:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) 534
6:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 522
Shane Byrne pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in his career to maintain his single point advantage over Alex Lowes in the chase for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in a dramatic penultimate round at Silverstone.
The three times winner of the country’s premier crown could only walk with the aid of crutches after high-siding off his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki and slamming down heavily on the Luffield section of the Northamptonshire circuit, painfully bashing his right hip during Saturday’s free practice.
Lengthy physio and pain-killers had Byrne back on track to face the challenge of Lowes who was brimming with confidence after powering his Samsung Honda to his seventh pole position but as the adrenalin kicked in, Byrne was full of fight in two frantic encounters which both were decided on the last corner.
Lowes grabbed the first by 0.094 seconds and looked to have done just enough to complete the double but Byrne had other ideas and shrugged aside the pain to snatch the advantage in the last corner and then win the dash to the line by 0.012secs in a photo finish.
Byrne said: “I’m just ecstatic to have that win – I thought I had a plan for the race but we both upped the pace and it came down to the last lap and I wasn’t sure if I could get him. I got a run on him and he started a little bit wide into the last corner and I got the drive and just did it – I was thinking of a strong second but then the red mist came down and I went for it.
“In the first race I made a pass on Alex then made a bit of mistake, running a bit too fast into a corner as I got a bit too excited and we were both on the limit. It was amazing, my front wheel was on top of the kerb, it was so close I thought we would touch, so I rolled it off a bit and he got me," he added.
Lowes who now counts down to the Brands Hatch season finale said: “You don’t race to come second, but having said that you have to take your hat off to him for him for doing what he did, and races like that are what you live for. There were some epic battles today that I really enjoyed. There was no way I could get rid of Shakey.”
Tommy Bridewell took third place in each of the races aboard his Milwaukee Yamaha with his Title Fighter team-mate James Ellison taking a fighting fifth in the opener, carving through from the sixth row of the grid after a qualifying crash. Ellison then overcame a huge moment in race two when he saved a high-side and was off the seat but holding on before remounting at speed to salvage fourth place. He remained third in the standings ahead of Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes who was sidelined by a machine issue in the first race but fifth next time out ahead of the triple-header decider at Brands Hatch.
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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:
DOUBLE PODIUM FINISH FOR MILWAUKEE YAMAHA AT SILVERSTONE
The Milwaukee Yamaha team returned to the podium at Silverstone today at the penultimate round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as Tommy Bridewell claimed a pair of third places whilst James Ellison scored a fifth and a fourth place.
In the opening race of the day Bridewell fought his way up to third over the opening laps, passing the Tyco Suzuki pairing of Josh Brookes and PJ Jacobsen. Bridewell then aimed to close the gap to the lead pair and claiming third place. Ellison charged through from his sixth row start to make up nine places on the opening lap, continuing to move up the order to score a fifth place.
Race two was another strong performance from Bridewell as he scored his best performance in the championship with his first double podium finish with another strong third place finish, breaking away from the pack. Ellison had been in close contention with his team-mate until he suffered a huge moment on the seventh lap; he saved a huge high-side by holding onto the bike despite being completely out of the seat and off to the side of the Milwaukee Yamaha. The moment dropped Ellison back off the pack but he closed back to claim fourth place.
Ellison said: “I am still annoyed with myself here as it should have been more here this weekend. The first race we were on the back foot because of qualifying and it started well; I passed nine people on the first lap but we had made a tiny change and the bike wasn’t handling the same as it was when we did our best lap in free practice three. We thought it would have helped and fifth was the best we could. I didn’t get a great start in race two but was then up behind the Tyco Suzuki boys and I was desperate to get passed. I took a big handful of throttle at Vale and before I knew it I was looking at the sky! I thought just don’t touch the floor and I just kept the throttle open and was lucky enough to get on – those sit ups in the gym and the core strength paid off! I certainly haven’t given up on the title yet because there are still three race wins to be had at Brands Hatch.”
Bridewell said: “The first race was a bit messy to begin with and I didn’t get the start I needed but after a few laps I managed to get behind Josh and PJ and it turned into a good race. I enjoyed it a lot, I was sat behind PJ for a lot of laps and I knew I had to pass him, but I just couldn’t and when I did I then couldn’t lose him which was great. The second race was difficult as I got behind Josh and PJ at the start again and I knew I had the pace to run with Alex and Shakey so I needed to get passed them fast. By the time I did the lead two had dropped me and I didn’t have the pace to catch them. I think we are just lacking that extra two tenths even though our pace was fast but I am happy as this is my first double podium and I am pleased with how I rode. The Milwaukee Yamaha team have done a phenomenal job to turn it around for me since Friday so we will see what we can do at Brands Hatch.”
Team owner Shaun Muir concluded: “It was another weekend of mixed fortunes for the team. James’ qualifying performance put himself on the back foot and made it a tall order for race one. In race two he was stuck in a battle and then had that big moment which lost him the chance of a better result and it does feel like the championship is going to be difficult now but we will keep pushing. Tommy picked up two podiums which was good to see and his confidence is growing all the time. We now need to try and end the season on a high at Brands Hatch in two weeks time.”
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