Shakey takes the double at Brands
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated victory in the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch after an intense 20 lap contest as he carved his way to the front and held off Leon Haslam on the final lap. At the start Mossey got off to a flier to lead the pack after a disastrous start for Byrne from the front row as the Be Wiser Ducati rider misjudged the start and dropped back to ninth on the run into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time. Mossey was leading Haslam but Tommy Bridewell on the Sheene liveried Bennetts Suzuki moved into second place with a determined move into Stirlings on the second lap. Jason O'Halloran was also on the move as he moved into fourth, just ahead of Byrne as the pair continued to duel for fourth position over the opening laps. The championship leader got ahead at Hawthorns, but as the pack completed the lap the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed when Fillip Backlund had a huge crash at Clearways but the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider was able to walk away unhurt.
When the race resumed Mossey was defending hard, but Bridewell had his sights set on the lead and he hit the front with a move at Surtees to put the Bennetts Suzuki at the front of the field. Haslam was then stalking Mossey and he made a decisive lunge at Paddock Hill Bend to move into second place and then had Bridewell in his sights. Byrne had also closed in on Mossey and on the eleventh lap he made a move but then ran wide at Surtees which saw the pair run side-by-side down Pilgrims Drop, but the Be Wiser Ducati rider had the edge.
On the 13th lap Haslam hit the lead, proving that the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team had overcome their issue from earlier in the weekend. He pulled a move into Paddock Hill Bend, Bridewell instantly cut back to regain the position. Two laps later and Haslam went for another attack at Paddock Hill Bend, running wide and allowing Bridewell to get ahead and crucially for Byrne to follow him thorough to take second. Bridewell and Byrne then traded blows at Druids for the lead and the Bennetts Suzuki rider wasn’t going to give it up without a fight. Byrne though made a move that stuck at Hawthorns to take the lead and on the final lap Bridewell disappointingly crashed out at Surtees unhurt. Byrne held off Haslam to take the win with Mossey able to move into third.It was a disappointing race for Danny Buchan when he crashed out at Druids, as did the Smiths Racing BMW of Jakub Smrz. Glenn Irwin had also been having a strong performance until he crashed out of sixth place at Graham Hill Bend.
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated his first double win of the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, fending off a determined Leon Haslam to the rapturous reception of his home crowd. At the start Byrne made another disappointed start and was swallowed up into the pack and was running in ninth place as they hit Paddock Hill Bend for the first time with Jason O'Halloran and Honda Racing leading the field from Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey.
Mossey was pushing hard to repeat his race one podium finish and on the second lap he moved ahead of Haslam at Paddock Hill Bend to move to within striking distance of the lead as James Ellison moved up to third to join the battle. Tommy Bridewell was again showing his fierce pace on the Bennetts Suzuki and he was battling in the lead group again until he was forced out of the race with a mechanical problem on the eighth lap. At the front O’Halloran was holding off Mossey and Glenn Irwin, who had forcefully moved through the pack to be third by the sixth lap and closing in on the pair ahead of him. The Be Wiser Ducati rider then pulled a move on Mossey to move second and he then came under fire from Haslam too.
By lap eleven the battle for supremacy at the front had intensified and Byrne was up to fifth and then dived ahead of Mossey, but at the same time Haslam and Irwin was scrapping for second place with the pair trading places three times within four corners. Haslam held second though and then hit the front of the field as he struck again at Paddock Hill Bend, before O’Halloran reclaimed the place at Druids. As the fight at the front continued Michael Laverty suffered a technical problem with the Tyco BMW and that caused the Nissan GT-R Safety Car to be deployed. On the restart Haslam again hit the front with a move at Hawthorns to push O’Halloran back to second with Byrne on the pack in fourth. A lap later and championship leader Byrne, Haslam and O’Halloran were side-by-side as they crossed the line and the Be Wiser Ducati emerged at the front as the trio reached Druids.
Byrne then held on for the final laps to claim the double win, holding off a hard-charging Haslam and O’Halloran the top three in the championship standings after round seven. Irwin made amends for his race one crash by claiming fourth place ahead of Richard Cooper who moved back into the top six in the standings for Buildbase BMW, and Lee Jackson. Mossey crossed the line in seventh place with Dan Linfoot, James and Christian Iddon completing the top ten.