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Jul 7, 2013

Byrne, Lowes Win British Superbike Races At Snetterton (Updated)

MCE British Superbike Championship: Alex Lowes (22) leads Josh Brookes (2), Shane Byrne (67) and James Ellison (77) at Snetterton

MCE British Superbike Championship Snetterton, England July 7, 2013

Superbike Race One Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 16 laps, 29:50.041 2. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), -1.984 seconds 3. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -2.027 4. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -3.523 5. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), -6.009 6. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -20.065 7. Robbin Harms, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), -20.349 8. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -20.654 9. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), -20.926 10. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), -21.081 11. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -21.660 12. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -24.458 13. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -32.254 14. Danny Buchan, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -71.972 15. Michael Howarth, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -103.292 16. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -2 laps, DNF 17. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -4 laps, DNF 18. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -6 laps, DNF 19. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -7 laps, DNF 20. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), -10 laps, DNF 21. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -14 laps, DNF 22. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -15 laps, DNF 23. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -15 laps, DNF

Superbike Race Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 16 laps 2. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -0.245 second 3. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), -7.018 seconds 4. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), -7.868 5. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -8.587 6. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -12.961 7. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), -18.218 8. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -21.370 9. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -21.483 10. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), -22.773 11. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -24.121 12. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -24.420 13. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -30.132 14. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -31.720 15. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -78.389 16. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -7 laps, DNF 17. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -8 laps, DNF 18. Danny Buchan, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -11 laps, DNF 19. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -16 laps, DNF 20. Robbin Harms, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), -16 laps, DNF

Championship Point Standings (after 10 of 26 races):

1. Byrne, 207 points 2. Lowes, 175 3. Brookes, 172 4. Ellison, 100 5. Kiyonari, 83 6. Kirkham, 81 7. Westmoreland, 77 8. Walker, 75 9. Jacobsen, 52 10. Farmer, 50 11. Hickman, 47 12. Bridewell, 42 13. Waters, 33 14. Smrz, 31 15. Mainwaring, 29 16. TIE, Baiocco/Linfoot, 24 18. Rutter, 23 19. Harms, 22 20. Karl Harris, 18

Supersport Race One Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Alastair Seeley (Kaw ZX-6R), 10 laps, 18:48.699 2. Luke Mossey (Tri Daytona 675R), -5.339 seconds 3. Ben Wilson (Kaw ZX-6R), -6.088 4. Billy McConnell (Tri Daytona 675R), -7.861 5. Jason O'Halloran (Hon CBR600RR), -8.021 6. Graeme Gowland (Yam YZF-R6), -8.101 7. Glenn Irwin (Yam YZF-R6), -9.744 8. Richard Cooper (Tri Daytona 675R), -10.587 9. Jake Dixon (Yam YZF-R6), -13.429 10. Stuart Easton (Yam YZF-R6), -15.560

Supersport Race Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Alastair Seeley (Kaw ZX-6R), 15 laps, 28:11.699 2. Ben Wilson (Kaw ZX-6R), -3.735 seconds 3. Billy McConnell (Tri Daytona 675R), -6.320 4. Graeme Gowland (Yam YZF-R6), -7.055 5. Luke Mossey (Tri Daytona 675R), -10.385 6. Taylor Mackenzie (Suz GSX-R600), -18.634 7. Luke Jones (Hon CBR600RR), -22.494 8. Glen Richards (Tri Daytona 675R), -23.382 9. Glenn Irwin (Yam YZF-R6), -27.215 10. Scott Smart (Tri Daytona 675R), -27.457

Results of other Americans competing at Snetterton:

Tommy Aquino rode his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R to eighth in the 40-rider Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship race. Hudson Kennaugh won the 14-lap race on a Kawasaki ZX-10R. Aquino finished 5.753 seconds behind Kennaugh.

Jayson Uribe took his Rock and Sons Racing Honda to 13th in the 28-rider Monster Energy British Motostar Championship race. Joe Francis won the 12-lap race on his Honda. Uribe crossed the finish line 92.276 seconds after Francis.

Michael Corbino finished eighth out of 32 riders in Triumph Triple Challenge Race Two and finished seventh out of 31 riders in Race Three. Chrissy Rouse won Race Two and Race Three. Corbino finished 15.256 seconds behind Rouse in Race Two and finished 10.131 seconds behind Rouse in Race Three.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:

SHAKEY BURNS UP SCORCHING SNETTERTON WITH SEVENTH VICTORY Results Race one: 1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.984s 3:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +2.027s 4:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +2.523s 5:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +6.009s 6:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +20.065s Race two: 1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 2:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.245s 3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +7.018s 4:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +7.868s 5:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +8.587s 6:Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +12.961s Championship standings: 1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 207 2:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 175 3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 172 4:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 160 5:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 83 6:Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 81 Report Shane “Shakey” Byrne enjoyed a winning finale to a problematic weekend at Snetterton as he powered his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to a seventh victory of the season in the second race of the fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. The defending champion crossed the line ahead of Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes who had won the opening race and was pushing desperately hard to make it a double win with a move on the final lap, but Byrne had the edge. Josh Brookes, a close second in race one, had attempted a lunge for the lead in race two which saw him run onto the grass at Brundle and finish third. Championship leader Byrne had troubles during free practice and into qualifying and he admitted: “The first race was dreadful for me – I didn’t enjoy it. I couldn’t turn the bike, nearly lost the front at Oggies on the warm up lap. It was very difficult.” His team transformed the bike between races: “I was so frustrated. I had to ride and not race, and I want to race to win. The team worked really hard to make changes and I felt more confident to be able to push hard and settled down in the second one. I went from wanting to kill the team to wanting to marry them in the space of two races!” Lowes rode hard, taking his best results of the season so far with the victory and second place, he said: “I really enjoyed the races and in the second one I tried to get into a position to try and take Shakey but I never quite got there. I learned a lot from him over the last five laps, but he didn’t make any mistakes and rode really well.” It had been a different story in the opening race, after an early intervention by the Nissan Safety Car, as Lowes swooped through from third to first in half a lap, passing first Byrne and then Brookes, before edging out a lead to the line. Lowes said: “I’ve worked so hard all weekend to be up here at the front, putting in so many laps after the nightmare of Friday when we had problems. I stopped Shakey’s run of wins earlier today, shown him what we can do and also hit back after my disappointment at Knockhill.”

Lowes’ push means he regained second place in the standings, just three points ahead of Brookes as the top six positions shuffled again with Ryuichi Kiyonari climbing to fifth ahead of Jon Kirkham. The current top six features five different manufacturers ahead of the next round at Brands Hatch on 19-21 July. For more information please visit

More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:

MILWAUKEE YAMAHA TAKE POSTIVES FROM SNETTERTON The Milwaukee Yamaha team fought back at the fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Snetterton today as James Ellison maintained his position in the top six with two top ten finishes and Josh Waters scored his best results of the season.

In the opening race Ellison was in a strong position as he aimed for the podium, but with some improvements still to be made he was determined to build on his fourth place before the second race. Ellison was running third over the opening laps when the safety car was deployed for an incident and once the race resumed a problem with the wheel speed sensor caused him to drop down the order. A gritty performance saw him then climb back up from fifteenth to ninth over the closing laps to maintain his fourth place in the overall standings. Australian contender Waters had his best round of the season to date with a ninth place in race one which he followed up with another resurgent performance to finish seventh as he proved that he is ready to close in on his rivals ahead of the next round at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time. Ellison said: “Today has obviously been disappointing for me and we seem to have carried the one good race then one bad race over to another weekend! We have been building up gradually and getting faster all weekend and after the fourth in the first race I genuinely thought we had the pace to fight for the podium or perhaps even the win in the second one. In race two I got up to third and then we had the safety car period as and I went for the gear and it wasn’t there. The sensor is a reference for everything and we made some real steps here with hard work and unfortunately that meant we couldn’t show our potential. I took a lap where I dropped down and tried to see if we could reset the problem somehow but then I had a bit of red mist and just went for whatever points I could get. I tried to make a move on Dan Linfoot on the final lap for eighth but I went wide; it was always worth a try! I am disappointed for the whole team as we showed we had the pace but couldn’t translate it to podiums. We took it on the chin and we will come back stronger. We still hold fourth in the standings and that is the most important thing.” Waters said: “It has been a better weekend for me and that is good because we came here wanting to turn things around a bit. We had a good test and came here faster, the team worked overtime and I feel we are going in a better direction. I have changed too to try and make myself more comfortable. Unfortunately one of the riders crashed in front of me and I lost a few positions and then the same happened again in race two but at least I was able to stay on and get some good points. I think we can go to Brands Hatch now and continue the momentum and try and get closer to the front group.” Team owner Shaun Muir concluded: “From the lows of Knockhill this has been a better weekend and both riders have taken steps forwards, especially Josh who had a better feeling for the bike and chassis and that showed in the results. He feels that he can move forwards now and he is genuinely looking ahead to the next round at Brands Hatch. There was lots of promise for James and he had good race pace, but again we were left disappointed that a wheel speed sensor spoiled his performance. He was just unlucky. I feel we can move forward now at Brands Hatch.” For more information visit

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