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War for Four intensifies as Kiyo closes in on Byrne at Assen

Sunday, September 21 2014

The 'War for Four' continued to rage at the opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown at Assen as Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari are now separated by just twelve points.

Byrne had a 26-point lead over Josh Brookes when the Showdown got underway, but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider suffered a high-speed crash in the opening race which hugely dented his advantage as Kiyonari returned to the podium.

Championship leader Byrne was fired up to make amends in the second race and he did just that - ending his winning-drought beating Kiyonari by just 0.152s after a last corner move in the second race. His victory was Byrne's first win since Knockhill in June as the pair fight for a record-breaking fourth crown.

Josh Brookes had a double disappointment at the Dutch circuit when he was forced to start at the back of the grid after failing to exit pitlane before it closed for the sighting lap to the grid. Brookes started from row eleven but failed in his quest to salvage vital points, by crashing on the opening lap.

Brookes' Milwaukee Yamaha team-mate Tommy Bridewell has now closed to within five points of the Australian after claiming a ninth place and a hard-fought podium finish in race two when he finished third to Byrne and Kiyonari.

Dan Linfoot on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki scored a pair of consistent top six finishes to move ahead of Chris Walker, who crashed out of race two unhurt. The Title Fighters now prepare for the final two Showdown rounds of the season with the decider at Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 October.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Assen race two:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 587
  2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) 575
  3. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 536
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) 531
  5. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) 524
  6. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 505

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