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Byrne crowned MCE BSB King of Brands with brilliant double

Sunday, July 23 2017

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated becoming the Monster Energy King of Brands after scoring a double victory at his home round of Brands Hatch to return to the top of the standings ahead of the next races of the season at Thruxton (August 4/5/6).

The second race was shaping up to be a dogfight between the defending champion and Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha's Josh Brookes with the pair hitting the front of the pack and as the Australian hounded down his rival, he crashed out at Surtees on the ninth lap.

As Byrne edged ahead the battle behind was intensifying for third position as James Ellison, Christian Iddon, Leon Haslam and Peter Hickman trading blows in their quest for a podium finish. Ellison was upping the pace on the McAMS Yamaha and was able to hold off Iddon as the pair returned to the podium.

Hickman doubled up on fourth places for the Smiths Racing BMW team as he continues to hold the final place in the top six with three rounds remaining before the Showdown. Hicky had battled intensely with Haslam during the earlier stage of the race but was able to forge ahead to leave the JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders battling for fifth with Haslam holding off Mossey and Jason O'Halloran.

Rookie Bradley Ray, Michael Laverty on the second of the McAMS Yamahas and Jake Dixon completed the top ten.

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

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +5.787s
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +6.167s
  4. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +8.039s
  5. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +10.079s
  6. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +10.530s
  7. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +10.866s
  8. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +13.246s
  9. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +14.002s
  10. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +14.983s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 190
  2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 161
  3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 159
  4. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) 133
  5. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 129
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 119