Snetterton BSB: Byrne blitzes opposition as Brookes crashes out

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Shane Byrne has taken his second win of the weekend at Snetterton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, extending his championship lead as main rival Josh Brookes crashed out on the Milwaukee Yamaha while pursuing the triple champion.

Byrne ran a similar strategy to race one, pulling clear right from the off and forcing the opposition into chasing him. However, it was Brookes’ teammate Tommy Bridewell who initially made the second placed spot, as he led the Australian and James Ellison after Byrne.

Brookes soon made it through into second, but a mistake from the former runner-up left him high sided and watching from the sidelines, allowing Ellison to make a move on second and finally break the duck of his five consecutive third places.

Ryuichi Kiyonari was a strong fourth, after his race-long battle with his old bike in the hands of Julien Da Costa, wildcarding for Honda, and Dan Linfoot. Chris Walker, also part of the battle on the second Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki, was forced to retire with an engine problem.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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