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Shakey wins but Brookes leads by two points into the Showdown

Sunday, September 06 2015

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated the final race win of the triple-header weekend at Oulton Park by just 0.394s from arch rival Josh Brookes but the defending champion still trails the Milwaukee Yamaha rider by just two points ahead of the Showdown opener at Assen.

Brookes had fired himself into the lead on the opening lap as he bid to repeat his winning performance from earlier in the day. He held the advantage from Byrne and Tommy Bridewell who bounced back from a huge crash to be running third for Tyco BMW.

The Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed on the eighth lap when Shaun Winfield crashed at Old Hall and as the pack lined up behind, Brookes still had the advantage from Byrne, Bridewell and Dan Linfoot who was pushing to confirm his Showdown position.

As the race resumed Byrne went for a lunge at Old Hall on Brookes but ran wide and dropped himself down to fourth as the pack took advantage of his error. The PBM Kawasaki rider was fighting back and he passed Bridewell with a determined move at Shell Oils corner to move back into second place two laps later.

Brookes and Byrne were inseparable at the front after marginally bridging Bridewell and the pair were dicing for the lead. Byrne made a move at Shell Oils corner to give him the advantage and Brookes did everything possible to recapture the lead but he was forced to settle for second, but arrives as the series leader for the opening Showdown round at Assen.

Bridewell celebrated third place ahead of Danny Buchan and James Ellison; the Tyco BMW rider holding fourth in the standings behind Ellison and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team ahead of Assen.

Dan Linfoot did enough to claim the final place in the Showdown in sixth place for Honda Racing, holding off Richard Cooper and Christian Iddon. Ryuichi Kiyonari and Howie Mainwaring completed the top ten.

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

  1. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.304s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +2.113s
  4. Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +3.784s
  5. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +3.870s
  6. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +4.358s
  7. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +4.901s
  8. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +5.824s
  9. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW)  +5.952s
  10. Howie Mainwaring (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +6.916s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the Showdown:

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 553
  2. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 551
  3. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 522
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 507
  5. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 507
  6. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 500