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Local hero Byrne tops MCE BSB finale FP2

Friday, October 13 2017

Brands Hatch local Shane 'Shakey' Byrne topped the timesin the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship free practice session at the Kent circuit this afternoon. 

Byrne did so in an incredibly close session that saw the top 17 riders covered by just 0.933s. The Be Wiser Ducati rider held off championship leader and title rival Leon Haslam as Michael Laverty split the pair ahead of tomorrow's first race on the Grand Prix circuit.

Byrne and Haslam had been battling for the top spot in the closing stages with just 0.001s separating them in the final five minutes, but the defending champion was not finished and his final run put him 0.147s ahead of Haslam as Laverty moved into second.

The session was briefly red flagged when Jake Dixon crashed out at Hawthorns; he was able to walk away from the crash but dropped to twelfth as the times tumbled in the closing minutes after the session resumed.

John Hopkins had been running second for the Moto Rapido Ducati team; the American holding fourth place as the chequered flag fell to hold off Christian Iddon on the Tyco BMW and championship challenger Josh Brookes.

Dan Linfoot led the Honda Racing charge in seventh as Sylvain Guintoli split him from his team-mate Jason O'Halloran in ninth position. Glenn Irwin completed the top ten for the Be Wiser Ducati team, nudging James Ellison outside the top ten in eleventh place.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Free Practice two:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:25.245s
  2. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +0.120s
  3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.147s
  4. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.279s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.290s
  6. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.297s
  7. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.426s
  8. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.441s
  9. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.455s
  10. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.533s

The 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship decider takes place on the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit on October 13/14/15.  For more information click HERE