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Byrne And Hill Win To Secure Showdown Places

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Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Tommy Hill shared the victories on Sunday at Brands Hatch to confirm their places in the BSB Championship Showdown. John Hopkins joined them on the podium in both races and is also guaranteed of a place in the top six.

In the first race of the day, Byrne seized the initiative from Hill on lap six, passing him into Surtees and despite the best attempts of the Swan Yamaha man, held on to take his fourth win of the year by just 0.580s. Hopkins starred to come through from 12th on the grid to take third ahead of Michael Laverty, Michael Rutter and Saturday's winner Josh Brookes.

After losing out in race two, Hill fought back in race three by storming clear from pole position with Hopkins leading the chase this time. The Crescent Suzuki man was forced to give best though, finishing 4.113s back in second. Byrne maintained his consistent form with third while Laverty and Rutter repeated their results from earlier on.

Speaking after the race, Hill described his winning performance as “probably my best ride of the season”, and admitted he was driven to repay his team for their hard work throughout the weekend.

“Saturday had been a bit iffy with the conditions and the first race on Sunday afternoon was a case of getting out there and finding my feet. Then it was a case in the last race of getting out there, getting my head down and pushing on as hard as I could because Hopper was riding so hard and well just behind me to keep the pressure on all of the way. The team has worked so well for me across the weekend, my bike was fine so this race win was for them.”

Third place gives Byrne a 24 point lead over Hopkins and the championship leader was pleased with his weekend's work despite a number of difficulties.

“I rode as hard as I could in that race but had an issue with rear wheel vibration and if I put the power down the bike skipped around a bit. I decided that a first and a third were much better than a first and a DNF so took the position, the points and the podium credit.”

Teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari had a terrible weekend though. After failing to score in the rain-affected first race, the reigning champion could only manage 12th in the second before salvaging some vital points with sixth in the third. Kiyonari has now fallen to sixth in the standings and only holds a five point lead over Rutter in the race for the final showdown spot.

In the EVO class, Graeme Gowland completed a hat-trick of victories but Glen Richards continues to lead overall thanks to three second places, putting him 70 points clear of Barry Burrell.


Riders Championship (After Round 8: Brands Hatch GP)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Pts
1 (Q) Shane Byrne GBR Honda HM Plant Honda 4 255
2 (Q) John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 2 231
3 (Q) Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 5 210
4 Michael Laverty GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 1 163
5 Josh Brookes AUS Suzuki Relentless Suzuki by TAS 1 146
6 Ryuichi Kiyonari JAP Honda HM Plant Honda 2 135
(Top Six After Round 9 Qualify for Championship Showdown)
7 Michael Rutter GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati   130
8 Gary Mason GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki   115
9 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 1 112
10 Peter Hickman GBR Honda Tyco Honda   98
11 Stuart Easton GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki   89
12 Loris Baz FRA Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha   88
13 Chris Walker GBR Kawasaki Pr1mo Racing   77
14 James Westmoreland GBR Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha   59
15 Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Team   49
16 Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati   48
17 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki   42
18 Glen Richards (E) AUS Honda Team WFR   35
19 Tommy Bridewell GBR Honda Tyco Honda   33
20 Graeme Gowland (E) GBR Honda Team WFR   20
21 Joan Lascorz SPA Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team 17
22 Ian Lowry GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   14
23 Steve Brogan GBR Honda Jentin Racing Honda   8
24 Simon Andrews (E) GBR Kawasaki PR Racing Kawasaki   8
25 Scott Smart (E) GBR Ducati Moto Rapido Ducati   8
26 Jake Zemke (E) USA Honda Team WFR   8
27 James Ellison GBR Honda Team 8
28 Broc Parkes AUS Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team 7
29 John Laverty GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   6
30 Barry Burrell (E) GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   6
31 Patric Muff (E) SWI Honda Tyco Honda   6
32 Hudson Kennaugh (E) RSA Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport   5
33 Dan Kneen (E) GBR Kawasaki Marks Bloom Racing 3
34 Tom Tunstall (E) GBR BMW Doodson Motorsport   1
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