BSB: Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne completes hat-trick of victories as he takes third British title

BSB: Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne completes hat-trick of victories as he takes third British title

Opening lap - Six riders, three races and only one can be champion

Sun Oct 14th, Brands Hatch, UK – Shane Byrne took a record equalling third MCE Insurance British Superbike crown in style as he celebrated a hat-trick of victories in a dramatic, thrilling finale to the championship at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

The local hero had the edge over Josh Brookes going into the final round and Byrne increased his lead to 18 points when he won the opening race on Saturday afternoon ahead of the outgoing champion Swan Yamaha’s Tommy Hill.

Byrne continued his winning momentum into the first of Sunday’s races and despite two Nissan GT-R safety car periods he kept his cool to defeat Brookes and hold the advantage into the championship-deciding final race of the season.

“I got a bit worried then in case I ran short of fuel – I was in a bit of pickle but the bike was awesome, the team had concentrated so hard to get it perfect for race distance,” said Byrne as he headed off the determined Tyco Suzuki riding Brookes by a little over a second.

That left Byrne needing to score just two points to add a third crown to his ones from 2003 and 2008 but Brookes was determined to win, forging into the lead for much of the race.

Shane Byrne on the podium with Josh Brookes in second and Tommy Hill in third

Byrne however was determined to sign off his title success in style and on the penultimate lap he charged into the lead at Pilgrims Drop, taking the victory by a third of a second. He said: “I was happy following Josh, as I knew that it was enough, but then a the red mist came in front of the visor and I had to have a go.

“The team has given me such a fantastic bike that it would have been cruel not to have gone for the win and that was such a great race. It was amazing to have achieved this I have to thank the team who have made it all possible for me – I’m just the final part of the puzzle.

“I’m ecstatic, elated, excited and to take the title for a third time is such an achievement,” added Byrne who had taken Kawasaki to their first British crown in two decades.

Brookes’ second place confirmed his runner-up place overall in the championship, ahead of Hill who took third position in the final race after Alex Lowes and Michael Laverty had crashed out of contention on the last lap at Paddock Hill Bend.



Race One (Saturday):

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1 lap

3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 1 lap

4: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) 1 lap

5: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1 lap

6: Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) 1 lap

Race two (Sunday):

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.144s

3: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +1.918s

4: Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) +2.029s

5: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +2.165s

6: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +4.839s

Race three:

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)

2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.328s

3: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +4.445s

4: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +4.511s

5: Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) +17.899s

6: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +20.199s


MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship final standings:

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 683

2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 655

3: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 612

4: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 584

5: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 581

6: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 577

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