MCE BSB LAP RECORD:SHANE BYRNE – DUCATI 1:47.714 (2016)
After the tight and twisty Knockhill the BSB moves onto the second longest race track in the UK as round 5 is hosted by the Snetterton circuit, The circuit was originally used by the USAF during World War 2 hosting its first motorbike race in 1953. The circuit underwent extensive work in 2005 to lengthen the track and improve the general facilities this work was completed in 2011. The track has three layouts the 100,200 and 300 the 300 layout is the one used by the British Superbike championship it is the longest of the three it is also used by the other top British championship race series.
Race 1 in 2016 saw the Honda racing squad score a 1-2 finish with Jason O’Halloran and Dan Linfoot fighting for the win O’Halloran would eventually take the win after a near highside for Linfoot caused him to lose drive out of the final corner Shane Bryne who had be the fastest man all weekend had an off track excursion in the early laps but still managed to regroup to take third place. Byrne made up for this in race 2 taking the win leading for the majority of the race ahead of Linfoot they were joined by Michael Laverty this time on the podium the race was prematurely race flagged due to an accident where the Honda of Jenny Tinmouth left fluid on the track.
Last time out:
Due to attending the event I never got round to reviewing the action from Knockhill but what a weekend it was starting off from Friday when we lost Glenn Irwin,Chrisitan Iddon and Leon Haslam who all suffered bad crashes and were forced to miss the weekend their disappointment opened the door for a new face to head the field and thats exactly what happened. Race 1 was dominated by Jake Dixon the young english rider in only his first full time season in BSB lead from start to finish taking the lead in turn one and never looking back he was followed home by fellow young gun Luke Mossey who didnt have the necessary pace to live with Dixon, The podium was completed by Shane Byrne who fought off the challenge of Jason O’Halloran that podium moved Byrne finally into a top six showdown place.
Race 2 was a slightly different story throughout the race but the eventually winner was the same with Dixon battling all the way for his second ever win at one point in the race he had dropped to fourth place but used his head and picked off the guys in front, Joining him on the podium and finally converting the pace he had shown in earlier rounds was James Ellison the McAms Yamaha rider taking his first podium of the year and again completing the podium was Byrne who seemed pleased enough at what is seen as the Ducati’s weakest circuit.
In a interview last week PBM rider Glenn Iriwn confirmed he would miss this weekends races but hoped to be back in time for Brand Hatch. The interview is the top video on this site.
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After the departure of Davide Giugliano the rumour mill went into overdrive about who would be his replacement at the TAS racing team, We got that confirmation on Monday evening with Andy Reid being announced.
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BSB stars Josh Brookes and Sylvain Guintoli have been called up to the Yoshimura Suzuki squad for the Suzuka 8 hour race on the 30th of July.
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For any fans attending the Brand Hatch weekend from July 21-23 there will be a free Monster energy fan event on the Thursday before the event.
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I have started covering MotoGP as well as British Superbikes I will have a preview out on Wednesday for that event keep an eye on here or via my twitter (@weephil56) for that.