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Byrne beats Brookes for Snetterton clean sweep

Shane Byrne has completed a MCE British Superbike domination at Snetterton.

Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Sun, 02/07/2017 - 20:32

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

Shane Byrne has completed a MCE British Superbike domination at Snetterton with a clean sweep of wins, pole position and a new lap record to ignite his title charge. 

The defending BSB champion was once again embroiled in a tense battle for victory against Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire Yamaha after getting past James Ellison at the midway stage for second place. 

The pair traded fastest laps to blast clear of the charging pack and set-up a classic BSB battle for the win. Byrne duly claimed a new lap record with a 1m 47.143s to close up to the Anvil Hire Yamaha rider. 

With two laps to go Byrne managed to get strong drive down start/finish straight to pull alongside Brookes before diving up the inside at the first turn. With Byrne producing the stronger pace over the first half of the lap before Brookes could strike back, the Be Wiser Ducati rider built up a gap at the start of the final lap to keep clear of his rival to claim his first double of the year. 

The victory, his eighth in the past nine races at Snetterton, sees him move to the top of the standings in terms of Podium Points on 20 (to Leon Haslam on 19), while he jumps up to second in the BSB riders' championship and just seven points off of Luke Mossey. 

Behind the top two, Jason O'Halloran got the better of John Hopkins to repeat the podium trio order from race one having got his Honda up the inside at turn one with two laps to go. 

Ellison had look set to take third place for McAMS Yamaha having recovered from a faulty ECU which curtailed his race one charge but on lap 11 he low-sided off at Murrays to slide out of contention. 

Moto Rapido Ducati's Hopkins faded badly over the final two laps and lost another place to Jake Dixon on the RAF Reserves Kawasaki with a bold last corner move for fourth. Peter Hickman also pulled off a last lap move to grab fifth from Honda's Dan Linfoot while the walking wounded Leon Haslam gritted his teeth to eighth place. 

Syvlain Guintoli continued to find small performance gains to take ninth for Bennetts Suzuki as Luke Mossey battled from 17th on the grid to 10th but did hold on to his BSB championship lead.


Full BSB race two results from Snetterton:

1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 16 laps, 28m 56.720s 
2. Josh Brookes AUS Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +3.295s 
3. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +7.698s 
4. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +7.885s 
5. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +11.656s 
6. Jake Dixon GBR RAF Reserves Kawasaki ZX-10R +14.513s 
7. Peter Hickman GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +14.698s 
8. John Hopkins USA Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R +16.596s 
9. Bradley Ray GBR Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000 +17.140s 
10. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +21.341s 
11. Billy McConnell AUS Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki ZX-10R +24.402s 
12. Michael Laverty GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +25.943s 
13. Lee Jackson GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +31.350s 
14. Tommy Bridewell GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R +34.846s 
15. Josh Elliott GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +37.625s 

16. James Westmoreland GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R +40.995s 
17. Andrew Reid GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +1m 00.639s 
18. Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 06.242s 
19. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 15.566s 

Did not finish: 

James Ellison GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1
Martin Jessopp GBR Ridersmotorcycles BMW S1000RR
Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW S1000RR
Luke Mossey GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
Taylor Mackenzie GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000

Ruled out by injury 

Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R
Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR

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