BSB Knockhill: Byrne Goes Back-To-Back In Scotland


Shane Byrne has moved thirty points clear at the top of the British Superbike Championship standings after another double win at Knockhill. The reigning champion took his record for 2013 to six wins in eight starts as previous leader Alex Lowes failed to reach the podium all day.

Lowes was part of a four-man leading group in the opening race led by Josh Brookes but the Samsung Honda rider crashed at the hairpin at half distance, throwing away third place and holding up teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari in the process. This left two fighting for the victory and after one failed attempt which resulted in contact, Byrne made a pass stick at the hairpin to deny Brookes his first win of 2013.

The second race was much more straight forward for Shakey after grabbing the holeshot on lap one and controlling proceedings from there. Brookes did rally late on, setting the fastest lap as he chased down the Kawasaki, but Byrne had enough for his second win of the day, a perfect gift to his ill wife Petra.

“It’s the first time in eight years Petra hasn’t been with me at a race meeting but I went into the first race happier than I have been for the last few days after she rang me up with some words of encouragement. In the first race, I made a mistake when I first tried to overtake Josh but second time around I was able to make a good, clean pass and open up a gap. The second race pretty much went to plan and although it’s never easy I felt comfortable leading from the front. The wins today are definitely for Petra.”

A brace of seconds lifted Brookes above Lowes in the championship standings but the story of the day had to be Kiyonari who more than doubled his season points tally in one afternoon, propelling him back into contention for a showdown spot. The three-time champion still trails sixth placed Chris Walker by six points but the trip to Scotland may go down as a turning point in his season.

James Ellison and Jon Kirkham remain in possession of the other two top-six places but neither will be satisfied with their weekends with Ellison failing to make it through the Seat curves before crashing on the first lap of race two while Kirkham threw away a strong haul of points by crashing in the opener.

 

2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
Riders’ Championship Standings After Round 4: Knockhill
Pos Rider Bike Team Wins Pts
1  Shane Byrne Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 6 166
2  Josh Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki   136
3  Alex Lowes Honda Samsung Honda 1 130
4  James Ellison Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 1 80
5  Jon Kirkham BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   76
6  Chris Walker Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki   65
7  Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda Samsung Honda 59
8  James Westmoreland BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 56
9  Keith Farmer Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 50
10  PJ Jacobsen Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 47
11  Peter Hickman Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 41
12  Tommy Bridewell Honda Bathams Honda 38
13  Howie Mainwaring Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 29
14  Jakub Smrz Honda Padgetts Honda 23
15  Michael Rutter Honda Bathams Honda 23
16  Karl Harris Kawasaki PR Racing Kawasaki 18
17  Josh Waters Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 17
18  Robbin Harms Honda Doodson Motorsport Honda 13
19  Tristan Palmer Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 13
20  Dan Linfoot Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 12
21  Matteo Baiocco Ducati Rapido Sport Racing 12
22  Martin Jessopp BMW Riders Motorcycles 9
23  Danny Buchan Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 3
24  Aaron Zanotti Suzuki Aaron Zanotti Racing 2
25  Lee Costello Kawasaki Halsall Racing Kawasaki 2
Next Round: Snetterton (July 7th)