Shakey doubles up in front of his home crowd at Brands
SHANE Byrne took his first double victory of the 2012 British Superbike season ahead in his home round at Brands Hatch.
The two-time BSB champion was under pressure from championship rivals Josh Brookes and Tommy Hill in both races.
Byrne gave praise to his team for the wins, PBM's first double since returning to the domestic series: “These wins are down to real hard work by my team. The big thing is that they got to the bottom of some of the problems we had been having earlier on in the season and now we are getting the punch out of the corners and that is so important.
“I was riding as hard as I could all of the way – Josh kept me honest out there. It was a case of being as precise and careful as possible especially in the second race when Josh came at me on the outside at Paddock but I held him off.
“Then I had a bit of a wobble at Surtees, then missed a gear in the closing stages and I though they were going to do me, but I held on.”
Byrne now moves into second in the championship standings and closes in on Hill's lead by 11 points.
Results Race one:1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.469s3:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +6.434s4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +7.197s5:Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +9.172s6:Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +9.738s
Race two:1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.583s3:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +2.265s4:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +3.104s5:Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha +9.261s6:Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +14.644s
Championship standings:1:Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 2662:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 2553:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 2464:Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 172 5:Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 1246:Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) 113
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