|Byrne won an interrupted race two
Photo: British Superbikes
Race 1 winner Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has won the an interrupted second race of the day in at Thruxton, which makes him the most successful BSB rider ever with 44 wins ahead of Ryuchi Kiyonari.
It was a Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1-2 on the grid, and Keith Farmer stormed into first position before Shakey slipped ahead in the second corner. Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes sat in second position closely followed by James Ellison, who couldn’t make a pass into second position stick.
The Safety car made its first appearance of the race on lap 2 following a crash involving Ryuchi Kiyonari on the straight. New rules state no overtaking in the lap after the safety car come in, which meant riders held their positions for 4 laps. Once the car went back in at the of lap 5, the race really began. James Ellison moved up into second on his Milwaukee Yamaha after setting the fastest lap of the race. However, Lowes took second straight back on the same lap.
By lap 8 the safety car made an appearance for the second time, after Lee Costello crashed out of the race on his Halsall Racing Kawasaki. It went back in after four laps, which left a nine lap sprint for the victory.
Byrne led a close group of four riders all pushing for the top step of the podium, but the three time champion was had pulled a 0.318 lead over Alex Lowes. However at the end of lap 13, a collision between Karl Harris and Tommy Bridewell led to the race being red flagged and declared a result.
Shakey won the race, ahead of Alex Lowes and James Ellison, which puts him 14 point clear of Lowes in the championship standings.
Results can be found here.
British Superbikes return in three weeks time at Oulton Park.