BSB: Shakey Byrne defends Championship title with his sixth win as Haslam crashes out with brake failure

BSB: Shakey Byrne defends Championship title with his sixth win as Haslam crashes out with brake failure
“Last night I went to bed after that first race and I was 14 points closer to this happening and all I kept thinking about was “what if it did, what if it’s me this weekend” and I barely slept a wink to be honest because I was so engrossed in scenarios and outcomes and plots and subplots.   I’ll take a title in BSB however they come because they do not come on the back of Kelloggs’ Frosties packets!”

“Last night I went to bed after that first race and I was 14 points closer to this happening and all I kept thinking about was “what if it did, what if it’s me this weekend” and I barely slept a wink to be honest because I was so engrossed in scenarios and outcomes and plots and subplots.-I’ll take a title in BSB however they come because they do not come on the back of Kelloggs’ Frosties packets!”

Brands hatch Oct 16th 2017 – Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne clinched an unprecedented sixth MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship title in dramatic style at Brands Hatch, as the title fight went down to the wire in the final race of the season.

The last race of the season started with Leon Haslam and defending champion Byrne separated by just two points after Byrne won race two and Haslam finished tenth, ahead of the crucial decider at the Kent circuit.

On the opening lap James Ellison had taken the advantage from Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty. The title contenders were in formation, with Josh Brookes in fourth ahead of Haslam and Byrne, but the Australian knew he was still in contention and he was pushing to move through the field.

At the front Iddon took the lead, but on lap six Haslam’s title hopes ended in heartbreak as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider suffered brake failure on lap six.

The ‘Pocket Rocket’ had to jump off the bike at 172mph at Hawthorns and subsequently sustained a broken right wrist, right thumb and left ankle. He heroically returned to the grid for the championship celebrations at the end of the race to congratulate Byrne on his title victory before heading to the medical centre.

The crash brought out the BMW Safety Car and when the race resumed Brookes was instantly on the attack and took the lead into Paddock Hill Bend which he held to the finish, but in the closing stages Jason O’Halloran charged through into second to push Ellison back to third.

Byrne ended the race in eighth place but it was enough to seal his sixth title as he defended his title for the first time in his career, finishing behind Laverty, Iddon, Peter Hickman and Dan Linfoot.

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

Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.524s
James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +1.406s
Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +6.073s
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +8.147s
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +10.424s
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +11.216s
Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +11.547s
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +15.053s
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +18.531s

 

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

Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha)
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.687s
James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +0.857s
Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +1.929s
Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +2.144s
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +5.254s
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +5.281s
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +6.512s
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +6.923s
Richard Cooper (Bennetts Suzuki) +7.628s
2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings:

Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 637
Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 634
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 631
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 578
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 567
Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 562

 

2017 British Superbike Championship, BSB R12, Brands Hatch GP, Kent, UK. 15th October 2017. Shane Byrne, Sittingbourne, Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team  wins the 2017 Championship for the 6th time

2017 British Superbike Championship, BSB R12, Brands Hatch GP, Kent, UK. 15th October 2017. Shane Byrne, Sittingbourne, Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team wins the 2017 Championship for the 6th time

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne
Be Wiser Ducati
Championship winner

“I don’t really know how I feel to be honest because I came here thinking I’m 33 points behind Leon and he’s such a tough competitor that I never envisaged being able to pull back 33 points, but what I did envisage was coming here to do the best job I possibly could this weekend and try and win three races.

“That’s never a given in BSB because it’s really, really difficult to win, but after we won the first race and pulled back some points and then there was only two points between us and I had a bit of a game plan for the final race of the day and that was to keep an eye on my pit board to see where Leon was and basically remain a place or two in front of him.

“That may sound a little bit arrogant or aloof but it was basically my way of making sure we came away from this weekend as champions.

“I knew he was starting on the fourth row and when he came past me on the start I thought “seriously, what sort of a start did you get?” but it was perfect because I was sat in fourth or fifth with Leon right in front of me and I felt absolutely cool with that because I knew towards the end of the race I’d be really strong,

“I sat there quite content, trying not to use to much tyre and following him around making sure nobody was going past me, and then as we went down into Hawthorns Leon didn’t get on the brakes or whatever happened and jumped off his bike and it really threw me, I’m not going to lie. I spent a couple of laps afterwards thinking “hold on a minute, we are supposed to be fighting for a championship, we can’t fight for a championship if you’re in there”.

“I’m gutted for him, I genuinely mean that because he’s been a really tough competitor last year and this year, and for him to come here with 33 points lead and leading the championship seems a bitter pill to swallow.

“I hadn’t actually won a race since we were here in July and that never happens. BSB is so tough right now that it’s really, really difficult to win. We’ve ended up champions so I’m super, super happy to have defended the title. That’s the one thing I wanted to do and we’ve got that done now so it’s going to be a nice winter.

“Last night I went to bed after that first race and I was 14 points closer to this happening and all I kept thinking about was “what if it did, what if it’s me this weekend” and I barely slept a wink to be honest because I was so engrossed in scenarios and outcomes and plots and subplots.

I’ll take a title in BSB however they come because they do not come on the back of Kelloggs’ Frosties packets!”

facebook feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

10 hrs ago

MotoGP

Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

#MotoGP
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Good. laps .. for redding.. Marquez out...

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but really..top material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Redding and Iannone can beat Marquez they just don't get competitive bikes

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

MM 93

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

Everybody speak about redding deserved.. so what about p espargaro 🤔

View more comments

13 hrs ago

MotoGP

The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Maybe that won’t see this sunday, I’d rather watch all the riders fighting for the victory. ✊🏻🏍

Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Cmt giữ chức

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!

Wow

From 2013 ride same bike. Omg. I never meet coward person in motogp like this. All want to see u wc with weaker bike like a aprillia, ktm, suzuki or yamaha. Not ducati. Ducati strong now no need you

And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

View more comments

15 hrs ago

F1

Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

View more comments

Load more