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Aug 13, 2013

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MCE British Superbike Championship: Team WD-40's Joe Francis (left) and Tommy Aquino (right) with the trophies they earned at Oulton Park.

CHAMPAGNE CORKS POP FOR OULTON PARK PODIUMS The air around Team WD-40 was filled the sound of champagne corks popping as Tommy Aquino and Joe Francis both secured podium finishes at the latest British Superbike meeting at Oulton Park. In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race Aquino claimed his second successive podium as he crossed the line third, with the top three separated by less than half a second. The Californian is now seventh in the title race and is hoping his good form continues for the final four races of the season. Meanwhile Jonathan Railton finished in 25th place in the same race, as injuries from falls recently meant the Grafham rider had to battle through the pain barrier throughout the 14 laps. 

For 15-year-old Joe, from Backford near Chester, it was his seventh visit to the podium this season from seven races in the Monster Energy Motostar championship, as he narrowly missed out on the win by just 0.067 seconds – less than a bike length. Joe still holds on to the championship lead, with an 11 point gap to the winner at Oulton Park and his main rival, Tarran McKenzie. 

The Superstock 1000 qualifying sessions resulted in Tommy 2nd and Jon 32nd on the grid, as both experienced different battles in qualifying. During the race Jon dropped down the field in the early laps as he took avoiding action as riders in front of him had a few problems. He then battled with the pain barrier, the track and other riders, to finish a respectable 25th, before receiving treatment to help alleviate the discomfort from his injuries. 

Jon Railton “Although we tried to change a few things on the bike, the main problem at Oulton Park was the pain from my knee,”. 

“I know I can go quicker, it’s just pushing harder means my injuries flare up, so until they are less painful I’m going to struggle. 

“The good thing is I finished the race and was able to try a few different things with the bike on each lap. 

“It’s great to be part of Team WD-40 at the moment and the buzz from Tommy and Joe getting great results is infectious. I just want to play my part by delivering top ten finishes and I’m hopeful that’ll happen before the end of the season.” 

Tommy finished in 14th at Oulton Park in May, having ridden just 40 laps on the Cheshire circuit beforehand. So this time he was adding knowledge to his increasing confidence with the bike and was able to deliver a fantastic race. 

Tommy Aquino: “Finishing third is brilliant, but it could have been so much better. I tried to set up a move for the lead at the final corner, but pushing really hard into Druids the front tucked at high speed, it was the save of my career so far. I tried hard into the last turn but the chance was gone. but as I crossed the line I could almost touch the two riders ahead of me. I know I’ve got the pace, bike and team behind me, to battle at the front, so I’m going all out to get on the top step of the podium as soon as we can. we’ll carry on and head to the next round confident of delivering more results like the ones at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.” 

Joe Francis led nearly every lap in the Motostar race, but with just a few corners remaining Tarran forced his way into the lead and crossed the line first, less than a tenth of a second in front. “I’m disappointed not to win the race having been ahead for nearly every lap, especially as Oulton Park is my home track,”. Said Joe “The positives that I’ll be taking away are I’m still at the top of the championship table and I know I have the pace to win more races. Once again the bike was prepared brilliantly by Team WD-40, and I must thank them along with my family, friends and fans for their support."

 The race itself was dominated by Joe and Tarran, as both riders steadily built up a significant lead from the rest of the field, swapping the lead on a number of occasions. “Tarran and I have been battling at the front all season, but to lose the win in the final stages of the final lap was frustrating. It means I’ll be back at the next race even more determined to get back on the top step of the podium,” added Joe. “It was great to see so many people come up to me afterwards and congratulate me on the race, it’s good to know fans are appreciating the racing. “I just want to win races and if I can entertain the crowds at the same time then I’ll be very happy.” 

Team WD-40’s manager, Brent, said: “Overall Oulton Park was probably the best weekend of the season so far and something everyone associated with the team can be pleased with. “We were a whisker away from celebrating two wins, and Joe and Tommy can feel very unlucky they didn’t do so. “They’ll both undoubtedly get a win soon, and with four races to go for Tommy and five for Joe, there’s plenty of racing to be done this season. “Joe is still in a terrific position in the championship, while Tommy is closing in on the top three. “Jon has had an unfortunate season with injuries and is suffering during qualifying and races, but he has the pace to trouble to top riders and we hope this will start to show again soon. “Everyone at Team WD-40 and GR MotoSport has once again done a fantastic job and we’ll be preparing for the next meeting at Cadwell Park, hoping for more popping of champagne corks.” 

David Whittome, of team sponsors WD-40 Specialist Motorbike, said: “Joe and Tommy deserve an enormous amount of credit for their results at Oulton Park, full of guts, determination and a huge amount of excellent riding. “This season has been a building platform for everyone involved and the hard work is now starting to show itself in terms of top three finishes in both championships. “Everyone at WD-40 is gripped by the action on track and really looking forward to the final race meetings of the season.”

More, from a press release issued by Quattro Plant Kawasaki: Tough weekend at Oulton for Quattro Plant Kawasaki

The Quattro Plant Kawasaki team endured a tough and frustrating weekend of racing at Oulton Park where they were competing in round 7 of the 2013 British Superbike Championship and more misfortune saw Chris Walker slip back to ninth overall in the title chase. 

With the Cheshire circuit hosting the first of the two ‘Triple Header’ weekends on the BSB calendar, scoring points in all three races would be crucial and, after taking a solid 11th in qualifying, Chris was well placed to do just that. Indeed, a strong ninth in the first race got his weekend off to a good start and with a lightning start in the second, hopes of clawing back some points in the race for sixth spot, and a coveted Showdown place, were high. However, Chris’ race was over before it had really begun as he soon coasted to a halt with a gearbox issue. 

Going out so early in the race meant he had to start the third and final race of the weekend from the sixth and penultimate row of the grid but in true ‘Stalker’ style, he fought his way through the pack to give himself a great chance of a top ten finish. Completing the first lap in 15th place, he’d worked his way up to ninth by half race distance only to be shuffled back to 12th at the chequered flag after a hectic final few laps. 

The weekend’s results mean that the Buildbase BMW of Jon Kirkham now sits in sixth place overall on 126 points with Chris slipping back a place to ninth with 86 points. There are now just two rounds and four races remaining before the six Showdown spots are finalised. 

New team-mate Barry Burrell was having his first British Superbike outing of the season and his first ride on a Kawasaki since 2010 but the Bishop Auckland rider rode solidly all weekend. Although he didn’t manage to pick up any points from the three races, narrowly missing out in the second with 16th, he improved each and every time he took to the circuit thus gaining valuable mileage for the next round. 

Pete Extance, Team Manager: “It’s been a tough weekend for the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team and despite working incredibly hard throughout the three days, we’ve come away with little to show for our efforts. Chris battled hard as always and was rewarded with ninth in the first race only to have a gearbox issue on the first lap of the second. It meant he had to start the third and final race from the back row of the grid but he put in an amazing ride to put himself in contention for a top ten finish, eventually taking 12th.” “Barry had his first meeting with the team and improved throughout the weekend, which was exactly as we would have wanted coming into the three days. He was unlucky not to pick up any points but we’re extremely confident he’ll be running comfortably inside the top 15 next time out at Cadwell Park. We look forward to a better meeting there and, hopefully, claw back some of the ground lost in the battle for a Showdown place.” 

The next round of the series takes place in two weeks time at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire on August 24-26.

More, from a press release issued by T3 Racing:

Rob Guiver leads the Motorpoint British Supersport Cup class championship After a great weekend for the Ace Cafe T3 Racing team, Rob Guiver now leads the Cup class championship by one point over, previous leader, Jake Dixon. Guiver came third in class in Race 2 on his Triumph Daytona 675R today (Sunday 11th August 2013) at Oulton Park. It was his second podium of the weekend after a win the day before in the sprint race. As the only Cup class rider to finish every race this season, his consistent results have finally paid off. The Ace Cafe T3 Racing team had seen constant improvement from Guiver and the Ace Cafe Racer bike over the weekend but, despite taking the lead in the championship today, he finished 20th overall after a small mistake cost them another good result. The team were positive thanks to their rider feeling confident on the bike and posting consistently faster lap times in each session across the race weekend. There had been some issues with the bike on Sunday morning when an oil leak was discovered. This was soon fixed though and the team were grateful they found it in warm up rather than during the race. Guiver had a good start to the race and managed to start overtaking early on. It was on lap one that he ran off the track at Cascades putting him in 21st and out of the fight. He managed to start catching the pack and had lap times fast enough to put him 15th or higher, but was still disappointed with his final position of 20th: “I got a good start for once and was making a couple of passes, then just lost the front out of Cascades and ran off the track. I was just miles away from anywhere. But we brought the bike home and we’re leading the championship which is the main thing.”

Team manager, Ricky Chadwick, also commented on Guiver’s performance: “He got a good start in that race which is what we’ve been looking for, unfortunately he just lost the front and lost so much time at the end of the day. But we’re in a much better position now then we were at the last round and the plan is to keep moving forward for Cadwell.” 

Tony Scott, Team Principal and Director of T3 Racing, feels the pieces are finally coming together for them: “I think it’s like a jigsaw puzzle, finally the picture is beginning to appear. We got a good start in that race, that was followed by a bit of a mishap which put us right at the backend but nevertheless the positives are Rob’s starting to get it off the line, he’s starting to produce the lap times, he’s found what he was looking for in the bike. “A very famous racer once said to me, the most important thing is you enjoy riding the bike and Rob is starting to enjoy riding the bike, so I think we’re just onward and upward from here now. One point lead in the championship, we need to hold on to that and take it all the way to the end of the championship.” 

The team will be back at Cadwell Park for Round 8 of British Supersport. Find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/T3Racing) or follow @T3Racing on twitter for more race updates. www.t3-racing.co.uk www.ace-cafe-london.com

More, from a press release issued by Waznie Racing:

A Pair of Deuces for Szoke at CTMP

Brantford, ON, Canada

Jordan Szoke left Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with a bittersweet taste in his mouth after the Mopar Canadian Superbike double header weekend. The 3.9 km 10 turn circuit is infamous for its gravity defying elevations, fast sweeping corners and accelerated straightaway. This is “home turf” for Szoke as he came into the weekend with a 16 point lead over his competitors and an opportunity to cinch up his ninth superbike championship. With racing on Saturday and Sunday in front of some of the biggest crowds the series entertains it was to be an electrifying weekend.

After claiming pole position during Friday qualifying Szoke added an extra 4 points by turning a lap of one minute, 21.533 seconds at a speed of 174.717 km/hr. “The crew worked super hard for the past few days making changes and having this machine perfect.’ says the series leader. “The pole lap, came easiest in comparison to other laps so I’m excited for the race to see what we can do there with a string of them.”

Szoke took the holeshot on Saturday afternoon to scrap it out with four different competitors during an exciting superbike finale. Szoke took the lead on lap 19 when a red flag stopped the competition as a rider went down. The race was then called and finishers reverted back to the last completed lap which had Szoke in second position. Despite his runner up finish, Jordan picked up another 44 points. “We still have tomorrow.” says Szoke. “I was a bit frustrated that my quickshifter stopped working around lap 4, but regardless I had a ton of fun and we picked up some important points for the championship.”

Szoke lined up again in pole position on Sunday for the second time to round out the weekend. After breaking away from the pack early, Szoke settled for a runner up podium finish. This brings him into the final round with a 41 point lead. “I know we picked up some very important points here this weekend.” says a disappointed Szoke. “But I have to apologize to the fans that came here today to watch us win. I love this place and am pretty upset we couldn't bring you all home a checkered.”

Jordan takes his 251 points to the final round which will be hosted August 23 - 25 at the beautiful Circut Mont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant Quebec, Canada.

For ticket information visit: http://www.csbk.ca http://www.csbk.ca

More, from a press release issued by Honda:

MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 07 SUNDAY 11 AUGUST OULTON PARK

Weather: Sunny, warm Temperature: Ambient degrees 17C, Track degrees 24C

REPORT

PODIUM FINISHES IN DIFFICULT WEEKEND FOR LOWES AND KIYONARI

Alex Lowes secured a place among the six riders who will become the “title-fighters” in the end of season Showdown sequence that decides the outcome of the crown after having to settle for a pair of third places in a hard fought triple race seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.

His Samsung Honda team-mate, former three times BSB title winner Ryuichi Kiyonari, who flew back from riding in the Suzuka Eight Hours race, overcame a problematic qualifying session to fight into sixth place in the opener and then take third next time out. But he overshot the chicane during the final race and came home in tenth place.

Lowes had been denied a pole start for the opener by 0.074secs by series leader Shane Byrne while Kiyonari, not looking comfortable on the bike, qualified back on the fifth row of the grid, but was full of fight in the race, charging into contention. On the opening lap he was running tenth as Lowes led the pack. James Ellison (Yamaha) took over out front soon after and secured the victory ahead of Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) with Lowes settling for third and Kiyonari sixth.

Lloyds British GB Moto Honda duo Dan Linfoot and Pete Hickman ran tenth and twelfth just ahead of Bathams Honda rider Michael Rutter while Jakub Smrz just missed out on the points on the Padgetts Honda.

For the second race, Lowes and Kiyonari each had front row starts with Lowes swapping the race lead several times with Kawasaki’s Byrne who was en route to completing a record haul of 50 BSB victories. Lowes then found himself locked in a scrap with Ellison and Josh Brookes (Suzuki) for second position. Ellison made an error under pressure from the Honda rider and crashed leaving Lowes in third place going into the last corner on the last lap, only to tumble himself. Lowes’ demise elevated Kiyonari into third place. Linfoot took seventh, five places up on Hickman.

Kiyonari had a front row start for the third race but Lowes was penalised four grid places ahead of the start, putting him onto the second row of the grid, after officials had deemed him to have made “an unfair move on Ellison.” in the previous race. Lowes made a terrific getaway, running fourth on the opening lap with Kiyonari just adrift, but on the seventh lap, under pressure from Tommy Bridewell, the Japanese rider straight-lined the chicane.

Kiyonari rejoined the action in a lowly 21st place but battled back to finish the race in tenth. Lowes meanwhile was taking his second podium of the weekend in third, adrift of Suzuki’s Brookes, who enjoyed his first win in 24 starts at the circuit, and Byrne. Linfoot ran eleventh, two places up on Hickman and Smrz.

Honda rider quotes:

Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda): Race results: 3rd/dnf/3rd, Championship position: 3rd 243 points “It has been a hard weekend, probably the hardest of the year – we have stood still since we raced here back in May and the rest have got a bit better and I am not as competitive as I want to be. I have given everything in these races and really do not have a lot to show for it. I’ve qualified for the Showdown with these two thirds, and in the last race despite losing four grid places, a penalty which should or should not have been given. Even so I enjoyed that race and hope that it is a sign of things to come when we get into the actual Showdown.”

Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda): Race results: 6th/3rd/10th, Championship position: 5th 142 points “I was very happy with my podium finish but a little disappointed with my pace – I can follow but cannot pass but I am sure there is much more to come. Then I made a reasonable start to the last race but Tommy Bridewell made a move on me at the chicane that was a little bit tight and I didn’t want to crash, so I ran on. I didn’t want to incur a penalty so I waited to re-join and then did a lot of passing to come back into tenth place. I think that here we have made a small step up.”

RESULTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE

RACE1: POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP 1 / James ELLISON / GBR / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 24:07.672 / 2 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 24:07.858 / 0.186 3 / Alex LOWES / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 24:09.595 / 1.923 4 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 24:11.998 / 4.326 5 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki / 24:12.682 / 5.010 6 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - Samsung Honda / 24:17.632 / 9.960 7 / PJ JACOBSEN / USA / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 24:18.342 / 10.670 8 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 24:19.157 / 11.485 9 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki / 24:24.724 / 17.052 10 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 24:24.824 / 17.152 11 / Keith FARMER / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 24:29.897 / 22.225 12 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 24:34.780 / 27.108 13 / Michael RUTTER / GBR / Honda - Bathams Honda / 24:35.284 / 27.612 14 / Josh WATERS / AUS / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 24:36.039 / 28.367 15 / Matteo BAIOCCO / ITA / Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing / 24:39.825 / 32.153

Fastest lap: Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Lap 13 1:35.842 162.73 Km/h

RACE2: POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP 1 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 29:00.256 / 2 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 29:00.429 / 0.173 3 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - Samsung Honda / 29:01.188 / 0.932 4 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki / 29:09.788 / 9.532 5 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 29:16.028 / 15.772 6 / PJ JACOBSEN / USA / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 29:18.599 / 18.343 7 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 29:26.963 / 26.707 8 / Keith FARMER / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 29:27.247 / 26.991 9 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 29:27.636 / 27.380 10 / Howie MAINWARING / GBR / Kawasaki - Tsingtao WKbikes Performance / 29:31.812 / 31.556 11 / Josh WATERS / AUS / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 29:34.311 / 34.055 12 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 29:37.171 / 36.915 13 / Matteo BAIOCCO / ITA / Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing / 29:39.441 / 39.185 14 / Lee COSTELLO / GBR / Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki / 29:42.206 / 41.950 15 / Martin JESSOPP / GBR / BMW - Riders Motorcycles / 29:42.288 / 42.032

Fastest lap: Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Lap 4 1:35.717 162.94 Km/h

RACE3: POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP 1 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 30:11.920 / 2 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 30:12.166 / 0.246 3 / Alex LOWES / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:12.756 / 0.836 4 / James ELLISON / GBR / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 30:12.990 / 1.070 5 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki / 30:13.157 / 1.237 6 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:30.385 / 18.465 7 / Keith FARMER / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 30:30.475 / 18.555 8 / Howie MAINWARING / GBR / Kawasaki - Tsingtao WKbikes Performance / 30:31.062 / 19.142 9 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 30:31.857 / 19.937 10 / Ryuichi KIYONARI / JPN / Honda - Samsung Honda / 30:32.614 / 20.694 11 / Dan LINFOOT / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 30:33.513 / 21.593 12 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki / 30:33.588 / 21.668 13 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda / 30:34.306 / 22.386 14 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 30:35.359 / 23.439 15 / Josh WATERS / AUS / Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha / 30:35.990 / 24.070

Fastest lap: Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Samsung Honda Lap 14 162.75 Km/h

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS: 1 BYRNE 297, 2 BROOKES 268, 3 LOWES 243, 4 ELLISON 158, 5 KIYONARI 142, 6 KIRKHAM 126, 7 WESTMORELAND 117, 8 JACOBSEN 90, 9 WALKER 86, 10 FARMER 86, 11 BRIDEWELL 77, 12 HICKMAN 64, 13 LINFOOT 60, 14 MAINWARING 50, 15 WATERS 47.

NEXT EVENT: ROUND07 AUG 26, CADWELL PARK

More, from a press release issued by Cartersport Media on behalf of Paul Bird Motorsport:

Byrne Clinches 50th Career Win At Oulton Park

Reigning MCE British Superbike Champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne took his winning tally to an historic 50th career victory as he celebrated clinching his place in the end of season Showdown with another superb performance at round seven of the series at Oulton Park this weekend.

Aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R, the Sittingbourne rider qualified for the weekend's triple header in a strong second place before opening his account with a close second behind James Ellison in Saturday's race, finishing just a tenth of a second behind his rival at the chequered flag. However, with the fastest lap of the race, the triple MCE BSB champion started race two today from pole position before taking the lead on the eighth lap whereby he was never headed again despite coming under intense pressure from firstly Ellison and then Josh Brookes, but he held on to take his ninth victory of the season.

In the final race of the busy weekend, the 36-year-old had to give second best to Brookes but the points gained from the three races saw him extend his lead in the title race but significantly, increased the important Podium Credits to 33 with four more races to go before the all-important Showdown commences.

Team-mate Keith Farmer had the worst possible start to his weekend when a crash in Friday's free practice session destroyed his Minxflix supported Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki ZX-10R. The Penrith-based team worked wonders to repair the machine and the Clogher, Co Tyrone rider made it through to the final stages of qualifying only to crash out of the first race when a hose broke and sprayed water onto the rear tyre. The team managed to repair the machine in time for him to start at the back of the grid whereby he battled to a well deserved 11th in the restart. Today, he improved further with seventh and eighth place finishes to keep himself in contention for the final Showdown spot.

Shane Byrne: "It's great to have finally got the 50th career win and with a large percentage of those having come on Paul's bikes; I'd like to dedicate that to him. He's been such an integral part of my career and it's great to be in the position we're in this year. The races were tough all weekend as we were all so evenly matched, Saturday's being a prime example where James was quicker in the first part of the lap and I was quicker in the second half. He could edge away to begin with so all I could do was close the gap without actually getting close enough to make a pass!

"That was in my mind today and I wanted to hit the front as soon as possible and stay smooth, which is how it panned out in the first race even if I couldn't pull away. I tried to adopt the same strategy in the final race but I used too much of my tyre in the first part of the race so that when Josh came by, I didn't have a lot to give. We've ended the weekend with a win and two seconds so it's been a good meeting for us."

Keith Farmer: "Friday's crash caused a lot of damage to the bike and it left me very stiff and sore for the races, today more so than Saturday whilst my confidence obviously took a huge hit. Things then went from bad to worse with a spill in Saturday's race and after that I just wanted to get some decent top ten finishes, with no heroics, so it was pleasing to achieve that and end the weekend positively. The team did a superb job to give me a brand new bike and the encouragement and advice from Paul meant a lot and allowed me to go out and ride how I wanted."

Paul Bird, Team Owner: "Shakey's landmark 50th career win shows what a true legend he is and we as a team are delighted for him. Now he's qualified for the Showdown we can concentrate on improving the bike and hope to add to the number of victories over the rest of the season. We could have done without Keith's crash on Friday but these things happen and fair play to the team for building a new bike and to him for bouncing back and scoring some good points over the weekend."

More information including bike, team and rider profiles, race calendar etc can be found at the team's website www.pbmuk.net. The official website of the 2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship is at www.pbmuk.net. MCE British Superbike Championship Race 1 - 15 laps 1 James Ellison (Yamaha) 2 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 3 Alex Lowes (Honda) 4 Josh Brookes (Suzuki) 5 Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) 6 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 11 Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship Race 2 - 18 laps 1 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 2 Josh Brookes (Suzuki) 3 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 4 Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) 5 Jon Kirkham (BMW) 6 PJ Jacobsen (Suzuki) 8 Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship Race 3 - 18 laps 1 Josh Brookes (Suzuki) 2 Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 3 Alex Lowes (Honda) 4 James Ellison (Yamaha) 5 Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) 6 James Westmoreland (BMW) 7 Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

Championship Standings (after seven rounds) 1 Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 297pts 2 Brookes 268 3 Lowes 243 4 Ellison 158 5 Kiyonari 142 6 Kirkham 126 9 Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 86