THE Louth based HM Plant Honda team got their season off to a winning start as Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne secured the opening race win of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch after an incident-packed opener.
Shakey had held the lead after taking the hole shot and was embroiled in a battle with Michael Laverty for the lead. Shakey dropped to second, but then Laverty crashed out at Clark Curve causing Shane to take evasive action.
He then regained the lead to secure his first BSB win since 2008, whilst Ryuichi Kiyonari suffered the disappointment of a retirement, after the frustration of a high-speed crash in morning warm up.
In race two the HM Plant Honda Fireblades were challenging for the victory but it was Kiyo who took second from Shakey in third.
Jason O’Halloran scored a second place in the opening race of the National Superstock 1000 Championship season following an intense battle with Danny Buchan throughout.
The race was red flagged early on, but once restarted the pair continued to battle, with a last lap attempt dash to the line with Jason having to settle for second.