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Shakey seals opening victory of 2013 MCE BSB season at Brands Hatch

Sunday, April 07 2013

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Shane 'Shakey' Byrne got his title defence off to a flying start in the opening race of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season at Brands Hatch as he held off Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes to claim victory at his home circuit.

Byrne fired off the pole position into the lead on the opening lap from Brookes, with the Australian rider diving ahead on the Tyco Suzuki on the fifth lap at Paddock Hill Bend. He held the advantage at the front of the field despite the pressure from Byrne, but the defending champion made a repeat move on his rival to reclaim the lead. Brookes tried to defend and take the inside line into Druids but Byrne held the position and in the closing laps upped the ante to edge a gap.

Brookes was then coming under pressure from Lowes and the Samsung Honda rider forced his way ahead with just over 10 laps remaining on the brakes into Paddock Hill Bend. Lowes was able to claim his first podium finish for Samsung Honda with Brookes having to settle for third.

The second Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki of Keith Farmer had an audacious start to the race and was running fourth in the early stages of the race, having a real battle with Lowes. Farmer's pace dropped off towards the end of the race and he was forced to settle for sixth as Jon Kirkham equalled Buildbase BMW's best finish of a fourth place ahead of Tommy Bridewell on the Bathams Honda.

The race was red flagged with just over a lap remaining when Dan Linfoot and James Westmoreland Dan Linfoot both crashed out on the run to Graham Hill Bend with the pair battling for seventh position. Westmoreland is just resting after the crash whilst Linfoot has been assessed by the MCE BSB medical team and has a stable cracked pelvis injury.

The crash promoted Chris Walker to eighth on the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki who held off Ryuichi Kiyonari on the Samsung Honda. MCE BSB debutants PJ Jacobsen and Josh Waters completed the top ten. The second Milwaukee Yamaha of James Ellison ended sixteenth after he was given a ride through penalty; he had a problem on the grid with his visor ahead of the warm up lap and started from pit lane. He was penalised for not starting at the back of the grid and taking up his original position on the front row.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race one result:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +1.376s
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +6.207s
  4. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +9.009s
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Bathams Honda) +9.326s
  6. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +13.351s
  7. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +13.681s
  8. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +13.814s
  9. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +16.980s
  10. Josh Waters (Milwaukee Yamaha) +20.505s