Reigning British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne leaves the 3rd round of the series in second place, just a single point behind Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes.
Byrne had been in Lowes’ shadow for much of the weekend, prior to the race, after the Honda rider posted a blistering lap to grab pole in Saturday’s qualifying. However, it was clear in race one that Byrne was able to match Lowes’ speed, and was setting him up for a final few-lap-dash for the flag. That plan was then foiled as Byrne tipped into the Brittens chicane on lap 12, low siding his ZX-10R out of the race.
The rest of the day was the polar opposite to the Londoner’s fortunes from race one. After gifting the first race victory to Alex Lowes, Byrne bounced back in race two, fending off Josh Brookes and Lowes to take another stunning victory; his fourth of the season. Byrne, who now has an overall 45 BSB victories to his name, was elated as ever, despite the incident. “Getting that win in the second race has definitely put a smile on my face and it was the best way of saying sorry to the team for crashing in race one. The crash was a strange one as I didn’t do anything differently on that lap but the front just folded on me without warning and that was that. I was determined to come back stronger and whilst I’d like to say I was controlling it from the front, it was extremely difficult as Josh and Alex kept the pressure on throughout. I was happy with the set-up of the bike and to finish the weekend with a win was just what we needed.”