Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne converted his pole position into a race victory in the opening race of the day at a sunny Snetteron 300 race circuit.
It was James Ellison aboard his McAMS Yamaha who took the early lead, until an electrical issue with his Yamaha R1 on lap ten would put an abrupt end to his race.
This left the door open for Josh Brookes to inherit second step on the podium, with Jason O’Halloran third.
JG Speedfit’s Leon Haslam rode a brave ride to secure fourth place, ahead of Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot (fifth) and Jake Dixon (sixth).
Peter Hickman, John Hopkins, Brad Ray and Sylvain Guintoli rounded out the top ten.
Shakey said after the race: “I fluffed the start! In practice I’ve done two or three of my best practice starts all year so was disappointed when I didn’t get it off the line in that race. But we’ve worked all weekend to make sure we’re fast at the end of the race and that’s what we done.”
“Ten laps in I felt like I hadn’t yet put in a quick enough lap, so I made sure I got my head down on the next lap to get a good grid position for race two, where we can hopefully repeat the same result.”
Championship leader Luke Mossey, who had a huge crash in morning warm-up, retired from the race with brake issues and has had his championship lead cut to 17 points by Leon Haslam.
Race 2 gets underway at 16.30.
Race 1 Results
1 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Ducati - Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team
2 25 Josh BROOKES AUS Yamaha - Anvil Hire TAG Racing
3 22 Jason O'HALLORAN GBR Honda - Honda Racing
4 91 Leon HASLAM GBR Kawasaki - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
5 4 Dan LINFOOT GBR Honda - Honda Racing
6 27 Jake DIXON GBR Kawasaki - RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki
7 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR BMW - Smiths Racing
8 21 John HOPKINS USA Ducati - Moto Rapido
9 28 Bradley RAY GBR Suzuki - Buildbase Suzuki
10 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Suzuki - Bennetts Suzuki
11 3 Billy McCONNELL AUS Kawasaki - Quattro Plant FS-3 Racing Kawasaki
12 7 Michael LAVERTY GBR Yamaha - McAMS Yamaha
13 14 Lee JACKSON GBR BMW - Smiths Racing
14 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Kawasaki - Team WD-40
15 10 Josh ELLIOTT GBR BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad
16 5 James WESTMORELAND GBR Kawasaki - Gearlink Kawasaki
17 18 Andy REID GBR BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad
18 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR Yamaha - Platform Hire Yamaha
19 8 Shaun WINFIELD GBR Yamaha - Anvil Hire TAG Racing
DNF 77 James ELLISON GBR 10:56.581 10 Laps Yamaha - McAMS Yamaha
DNF 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR 11:29.056 32.475 BMW - RidersMotorcycles.com BMW
DNF 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE 5:35.804 3 Laps BMW - Lloyd & Jones PR Racing BMW
DNF 12 Luke MOSSEY GBR 3:45.456 1 Lap Kawasaki - JG Speedfit Kawasaki
DNF 6 Taylor MACKENZIE GBR 3:46.565 1.109 Suzuki - Bennetts Suzuki