Byrne wins to create final race BSB title decider

Shane Byrne has produced a BSB title decider for the final race of the season thanks to his victory in race two at Brands Hatch

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Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Sun, 15/10/2017 - 14:28

Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

Shane Byrne has produced a MCE British Superbike title decider for the final race of the season thanks to his victory in race two at Brands Hatch coupled with Leon Haslam’s disaster in 10th, while Josh Brookes remains in touching distance.

In a repeat of the opening race at the Kent circuit on Saturday, Shane Byrne stormed through to get into the lead early on before setting the pace ahead of Christian Iddon to ease to victory.

With Byrne completing his charge for a sixth BSB title with the race two win, the Be Wiser Ducati rider still needed Haslam to drop points in order to overhaul the 33-point deficit from the start of the final round. After a solid start in third place Haslam sunk down the order due to suspected technical issue which left him powerless for the chasing pack to blast past.

With six laps to go Haslam dropped to as low as 12th place to effectively hand Byrne the points lead but with Bradley Ray retiring from the race with a technical issue and getting back past Tommy Bridewell, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider rescued 10th place.

The results see Haslam hold a slender two-point lead going into the 2017 title-deciding race.

Behind Byrne, Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon grabbed his second consecutive runner-up finish of the weekend with James Ellison in third for McAMS Yamaha which shuffled Brookes back to fourth place.

As a result, the Anvil Hire Yamaha rider is 22 points off of leader Haslam which keeps him mathematically in the title race for the decider but would require both Haslam and Byrne to miss out on the top ten.

 

BSB Brands Hatch GP race two results:

1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 20 laps, 28m 40.657s

2. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +0.524s

3. James Ellison GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.406s

4. Josh Brookes AUS Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +6.073s

5. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +8.147s

6. Peter Hickman GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +10.424s

7. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +11.216s

8. Michael Laverty GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +11.547s

9. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +15.053s

10. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RR +18.531s

11. Tommy Bridewell GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10RR +19.014s

12. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +22.776s

13. Lee Jackson GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +26.665s

14. Luke Mossey GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RR +26.823s

15. Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW S1000RR +26.955s

16. Martin Jessopp GBR Ridersmotorcycles BMW S1000RR +34.367s

17. Kyle Ryde GBR Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki ZX-10RR +39.204s

18. James Westmoreland GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10RR +42.775s

19. Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 03.788s

20. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 07.908s

 

Did not finish

Bradley Ray GBR Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000

Richard Cooper GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000

Dean Harrison GBR Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Jake Dixon GBR RAF Reserves Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Michael Rutter GBR Bathams SMT BMW S1000RR

 

Ruled out by injury

John Hopkins USA Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R

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