Paul Bird Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne has admitted that James Ellison caught him totally off guard in Sunday’s second British Superbike race, as the three time champion clipped the back of the Milwaukee Yamaha’s
|A rather uncharacteristic mistake from Shakey in race 2 cost
him the shot at a double victory at Brands
Photo: British Superbikes
wheel and went straight on at Surtees, losing second place and any chance of a double win at the Kent circuit.
Byrne took the first race around the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch by storm, as he passed Josh Brookes for the lead on lap 15 and didn’t look back until he crossed the line over a second ahead of Alex Lowes, however in the second race things didn’t go as swimmingly. Byrne took an early lead however was passed by Ellison on lap 2. Shakey wasn’t to let the Cumbrian go however, remaining on his rear wheel right until he clipped it with three laps to go.
Speaking to PaddockChatter at Brands this evening, Shakey said: “The first race was real good, in the second race James was really really fast and I was comfortable behind him and I wasn’t sure how much more I had to give when I got past. This track is so tight and lap times are so close that finding an ideal place to pass is difficult but James made a bit of a mistake and I managed to get the drive alongside him up into Surtees but he closed the door on me, not deliberately, but he came across and caught me totally off guard and I clipped his back wheel and went straight on. Fortunately the three of us were so far ahead of everybody else that it was cool anyway and we got back on the track and still got a podium. We come away leading the championship with a 1st and 3rd place so it’s not all a disaster!”
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