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British Superbikes 2012: Shaney Byrne's double in the classic Brands Hatch
British Superbikes 2012: Shaney Byrne's double in the classic Brands Hatch

Shakey's brave response to Tommy's triplet

Last weekend is already part of Kawasaki's most successful days in competition in recent years. They had the luxury of taking their two Superbike machines to the podium in Brno, another two to the Supersport category, a second place in the CEV and a crushing double in British Superbikes thanks to the work of Shane byrne on the back of the ZX-10R.

Summer finally hit the British Isles and London touched the 30-degree barrier. A spectacular blue sky called all fans to attend Brands Hatch, one of the events with the most history and certainly the most entertaining for the public of the entire calendar. Here were two great characters called to occupy the holes in the drawer, Noriyuki Haga and Shakey. The latter met the expectations, however the Japanese, despite knowing the circuit and having won four victories and a double in 2004 aboard a Ducati 999, it happened with more pain than glory.

Race One: Shane Byrne dominates, Noriyuki Haga's blunder

To that double in 2004, it would be necessary to add another two victories distributed throughout the career of the Japanese. In any case, the pole had been taken by Shane Byrne. Lights out and against all odds, Michael Laverty appears leading the BSB pack. Shane is second, with the Swan Yamaha trailing: Noriyuki Haga and Tommy Hill. A substitute before finishing the first lap reminds us where we are; James Hillier suffers a highside that leaves him rolling on the asphaltFortunately, everyone can avoid him. Hill, somewhat confused, falls to sixth position after the ax blows of Josh Brookes and Alex Lowes, what do I advance you? finish the race, oddly enough. In fact, it was the only joy for Team WFR, who spent hours fixing the Westmoreland and Gownland bikes to mush.

Leadership short-lived in Laverty's hands, in favor of the albino Kawasaki. This one, in the lead, commands the front trio along with Michael and Nitro Nori. The Japanese had his pluses and minuses to snatch the position from the Irishman, but he ended up getting it. After these, Josh Brookes and Tommy Hill, although too far to try anything. Meters back, Ian Lowry was kibbled on English gravel and said goodbye to a very decent role.

Lap by lap the # 41 leaves the Samsung Honda off the hook, being the victim of a very plugged Josh Brookes and Tommy Hill. The Japanese went to work to overtake Shakey but got nothing from his attempts, to the point where the Australian Tyco Suzuki won the position with three laps to go. Shane faced the last lap with a sufficient advantage about Josh and Make, in an incomprehensible action, He went through the floor when he was driving solo by Brands Hatch, by the way, giving a lot of work to his team to be able to participate in the next race.

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