BSB Thruxton: Byrne Enters History Books With Double Victory

by Louis Suddaby

Shane Byrne has become the most successful rider in British Superbike history after a double victory at Thruxton on Sunday. The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider has moved past Ryuichi Kiyonari’s previous record of 43 race wins and has built up a fifteen point championship lead over Alex Lowes whose perfect podium record in 2013 continued.

The victories came under very different circumstances with a last corner lunge on Brookes securing the 25 points in race one. Having started from pole, Lowes was a contender throughout but was forced to settle for third but his teammate Kiyonari was out of the points altogether in seventeenth. The second race wouldn’t see an upturn in his fortunes either with a crash halting him on the very first lap.

As it was, only thirteen of the scheduled twenty laps were possible in race two after a series of incidents and two safety car periods, the first triggered by Kiyonari’s tumble. Halsall Racing Kawasaki’s Lee Costello would crash out on lap eight to bring the Nissan GT-R back out but a collision between Karl Harris and Tommy Bridewell would finally bring the race to a conclusion. The two made contact on the approach to the Club chicane with both bikes seen cartwheeling over the air fence. Thankfully, both riders avoided serious injury although Bridewell did suffer a laceration to his thigh.

The day unquestionably belonged to Byrne who has won three of the four races so far this year and the Londoner is proud of his record breaking achievement.

“To come away with the double is superb and becoming the most successful rider in BSB just adds to that. I really wanted to put on a show in the second race but we just couldn’t get going as the safety car kept coming out every time I’d opened up a gap meaning it disappeared. We had a few problems in the first race with the front brake disc and suspension so I was relieved to get the win but everything was spot on in the second race. The pace was quicker and I felt more comfortable so all in all it’s a great start to the season.”

Lowes claimed second in race two with the early stoppage allowing James Ellison to muscle Brookes off the podium. The Australian has managed to overtake Ellison in the championship standings though and excellent performances for Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland have seen the Buildbase BMW riders take possession of the last two showdown spots, dislodging Kiyonari.


2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
Riders’ Championship Standings After Round 2: Thruxton
Pos Rider Bike Team Wins Pts
1  Shane Byrne Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 3 91
2  Alex Lowes Honda Samsung Honda   76
3  Josh Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki   60
4  James Ellison Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 1 51
5  Jon Kirkham BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   42
6  James Westmoreland BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   27
7  Chris Walker Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 26
8  Keith Farmer Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 26
9  PJ Jacobsen Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 23
10  Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda Samsung Honda 21
11  Michael Rutter Honda Bathams Honda 19
12  Karl Harris Kawasaki PR Racing Kawasaki 18
13  Peter Hickman Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 18
14  Jakub Smrz Honda Padgetts Honda 13
15  Robbin Harms Honda Doodson Motorsport Honda 12
16  Tommy Bridewell Honda Bathams Honda 11
17  Josh Waters Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 8
18  Howie Mainwaring Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 8
19  Martin Jessopp BMW Riders Motorcycles 4
20  Matteo Baiocco Ducati Rapido Sport Racing 3
21  Danny Buchan Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 3
Next Round: Oulton Park – May 6th


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