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Brookes breaks Byrne’s winning streak with first victory of 2014

Monday, May 05 2014

Josh Brookes has broken Shane 'Shakey' Byrne's winning streak at Oulton Park with his first win of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship for Milwaukee Yamaha by just 0.118s after the Australian held off the triple champion in an intense second race.

Brookes was able to hit the front of the pack on the opening lap with Byrne in close contention ahead of the Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki pairing of Chris Walker and James Ellison. The team-mates soon swapped places with Ellison pushing ahead of his team-mate to hold third.

At the front Byrne had his sights set on hitting the front, but after moving ahead at Hizzy's, Brookes instantly was on the counter attack and as they exited for Clay Hill it was the Milwaukee Yamaha that was back in front.

Brookes was coming under constant pressure from the three times champion but he didn't crack, despite several attempts from Byrne to make a move on the run down Lakeside. Brookes held the lead and on the final lap Byrne tried everything in his power to continue his consecutive run of victories, but he was forced to settle for second.

Ellison had been in the leading trio in the early stages, but a mistake in the closing stages dropped him off the rapid pair, as he claimed his fourth consecutive third place finish. Stuart Easton had worked his way up the order to claim fourth place on the second of the Rapid Solicitors Kawasakis despite a battle with Tommy Bridewell throughout the race.

James Westmoreland won the fight for sixth position as he held off Dan Linfoot and Chris Walker, who had been scrapping throughout the race with Richard Cooper. The Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki rider crashed out unhurt of the battle, leaving John Hopkins to finish ninth and Jon Kirkham to complete the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, race two result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.118s
  3. James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +4.892s
  4. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +11.841s
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +14.145s
  6. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +20.894s
  7. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +21.606s
  8. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +23.506s
  9.  John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +29.872s
  10. Jon Kirkham (Tsingtao WK Kawasaki) +30.862s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 95
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 65
  3. James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 64
  4. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 44
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) 40
  6. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 39