HM Plant Honda’s Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne extended his advantage in the British Superbike Championship standings to 15 points following two strong podium finishes at the fourth round at Thruxton including a commanding victory in the second race of the day.
In race one Shakey started from 33rd on the grid and after the opening lap he had moved up the order to 17th. Byrne was fighting his way through the field and a determined ride saw him duelling for second place on the final lap with Michael Rutter.
Byrne took the third place and with it the pole position for race two.
In the second race he took the lead on the opening lap and edged out an advantage to score his third win of the season and extend his championship lead to 15 points.
Ryuichi Kiyonari had a challenging race day and in the opening race took a top ten finish in tenth however in race two he struggled with the conditions and ended in 19th place.
In the Superstock 1000 Championship it was an incident-packed race and Jason O’Halloran started from the third row of the grid.
A crash on the opening lap prompted a safety car interval over the next five laps and when the race resumed Jason was running in eighth place and with the leading pack. He was moving up the order but when the race was red flagged at the end of lap eleven Jason was forced to settle for sixth.