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Shakey doubles up at Snetterton

Race One

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated his second victory of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season in the opening race at Snetterton, edging out an advantage over Josh Brookes and Jason O'Halloran to seal the win. On the opening lap Leon Haslam fired himself to the front of the field ahead of James Ellison, but the McAMS Yamaha was instantly on the attack and claimed the lead with a move at Brundle. Pole sitter Byrne had dropped to fourth at the start, but by the second lap he had pushed his way into third place when he passed Dan Linfoot on the brakes into Riches.

A lap later and Byrne was up to second, out dragging Haslam down the Senna Straight to move ahead into Riches for the third time. The defending champion then had Ellison in his sight and on the fifth lap a mistake from the race leader gave Byrne the gap he needed to snatch the position and move to the front of the pack. Byrne was being chased by Ellison but there was further disappointment for the McAMS Yamaha rider when he suffered a technical problem and was forced to retire from the race. Byrne had the advantage but behind there was a battle of the Australians as O’Halloran was fending off the challenge from Brookes.

Brookes forced the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha ahead on the seventh lap and then held him off as he bid to close down Byrne, but at the flag it wasn’t enough but a strong return to the podium for the 2015 champion. O’Halloran was soon under pressure from a closing Haslam over the final laps but he managed to fend off the closing JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider to return to the podium. Haslam celebrated his return to racing action with a fourth place ahead of the second Honda Racing Fireblade of Dan Linfoot.

Jake Dixon got the better of Peter Hickman in the closing stages to secure sixth place as the pair edge closer to the Showdown six in the standings with John Hopkins, Bradley Ray and Sylvain Guintoli completing the top ten.

Race Two

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated his first double win of the season as the defending MCE Insurance British Superbike champion took on arch rival Josh Brookes to claim the second victory of the day at Snetterton. Brookes had launched off the line at the start to lead the pack into Riches for the first time onboard the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha ahead of James Ellison and Byrne with Leon Haslam holding fourth place.

John Hopkins and Jason O'Halloran though were moving through the field and the pair were soon on the back of the leading trio of Brookes, Ellison and Byrne. At the front Byrne made a move on Ellison on the ninth lap to close in on his Australian rival, but the McAMS Yamaha wasn’t going to settle behind the five-time champion. However as Ellison bid for podium contention, he crashed out unhurt at Murrays.

At the front Byrne was closing on Brookes and on lap 14 the Be Wiser Ducati rider pushed ahead on the run down to Riches, which Jason O'Halloran repeated on John Hopkins as the pair exchanged blows in the battle for third position.

Byrne was able to hold off the counter attack from Brookes to the finish to claim his first double win of the season with O’Halloran completing the first double podium for the Honda Racing team as Hopkins dropped to fifth when Jake Dixon made a last corner move on the final lap.

Peter Hickman claimed sixth place which fired him into the Showdown six in the standings ahead of Dan Linfoot and Leon Haslam. Sylvain Guintoli and Luke Mossey completed the top ten, with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider still holding the advantage at the top of the standings ahead of Brands Hatch.

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