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Shakey doubles up at Brands

Race One

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne denied Dan Linfoot his first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship victory in the opening race of the day at Brands Hatch as the Be Wiser Ducati rider stole the lead at Surtees with two laps to go before the race had a premature end due to changing conditions. At the start of the race Luke Mossey had fired the JG Speedfit Kawasaki off the line to take the lead from pole sitter Josh Brookes and Linfoot. However a hectic opening few laps saw Brookes try and attack, but Mossey was keeping his cool as Byrne held station in sixth place.

On the fifth lap Byrne went for a move on Haslam at Surtees, but ran out wide and dropped back three places, giving himself more work to do. At the front Brookes had hit the lead with a move, but Mossey was instantly fighting back and regained the position into Paddock Hill Bend. A big crash for Shaun Winfield caused the first BMW Safety Car deployment of the season, but the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha rider was able to walk away from the incident.

When the race resumed Hickman instantly went for a move as did Linfoot and by the end of the next lap it was Linfoot leading the way from Mossey, Hickman, Leon Haslam and Brookes with Christian Iddon also in close contention. Hickman waited two more laps before he got his opportunity to snatch the lead; moving ahead at Surtees to push Linfoot back into second place. Linfoot was coming under pressure from Mossey as he dived down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend on the twelfth lap but the Honda Racing rider fought back and repaid the move into Druids to regain the position.

Hickman was still leading the pack for the Smiths Racing BMW team with Linfoot, Mossey, Haslam and Iddon hot on their heels as Brookes dropped back and was fighting off James Ellison and Byrne. Linfoot regained the lead on lap 16 with a decisive move at Paddock Hill Bend, but the defending champion was on the move and he had worked his way up the order to take the lead at Surtees with two laps remaining. The red flag was then bought out when light rain began to fall, but it was enough for Byrne to claim the win and with it move ahead in the overall standings. Linfoot celebrated his first podium of the season for Honda Racing with Haslam returning to the podium for the first time since Oulton Park as he held off Hickman and Brookes.

Race Two

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.

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