Posted: 24 Jun 2012
RACE ONE: NOT SUCH A “SHAKEY” START FOR BYRNE
Despite being plagued by rain throughout the weekend, race one at the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill kicked off without a hitch.
Michael Laverty took the holeshot, with Shane “Shakey” Byrne and series champion Tommy Hill closely behind. However, James Hillier high-sided at the end of lap one - rendering him out of contention for the remainder of the race.
After five laps, Byrne had slipped into first place, a position he maintained until the end of the race.
Meanwhile, racing veteran Chris Walker was forced to retire from the race with engine problems. However, the rider had overcome massive odds to begin with, having got back on the bike after sustaining two broken heels during practice.
RACE TWO: WIN FOR LAVERTY
Keen to repeat his first race victory, Shane Byrne made a good start off the grid in the second race of the day – holding second position on the first lap. However, it was Tommy Hill who got the holeshot – keen to score some vital points to add to his championship tally.
Michael Laverty and Ian Lowry were chasing close behind, with Josh Brookes and Noriyuki Haga also moving up the pack to join the frontrunners.
However, at the chequered flag, it was Laverty who clinched the win, with Byrne in second and Hill completing the third step of the podium.