Byrne claims landmark win
Shane Byrne claimed his 50th British Superbike Championship victory in the second race of the weekend at Oulton Park.
Defending champion Shane Byrne claimed his 50th MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship victory in the second race of the weekend at Oulton Park on Sunday.
Byrne held off Josh Brookes by just 0.173seconds on his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to take the chequered flag and stay on top of the overall standings.
Samsung Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari finished third as Alex Lowes crashed out on the final lap as he lost the front end of his Samsung Honda at Lodge.
Byrne admitted claiming victory in the second race of the weekend had not been easy.
"After yesterday I went into that race quite nervous and to be honest we are all riding on the absolute limit," Byrne told britishsuperbike.com.
"To be able to pass we are going way beyond our comfort zone and I think you could see that in the race. Today it was important to get to the front and do my thing in the race.
"Alex set off fast and I followed him for a bit and then I managed to pass him. I then tried to be smooth and consistent but still as fast as possible.
"I rode defensively and found myself in some delicate situations and I just wanted to get to the flag. It is really important for me to dedicate that 50th win to Paul Bird as he has been a big part of most of those wins so I need to thank him."
Lowes and Byrne had battled it out for first place, with the latter taking the lead on lap six and holding out until the end.
Byrne was under pressure from Brookes and the Samsung Honda pairing of Lowes and Kiyonari in the closing stages as the order of podium places was left until the last lap.
Byrne kept his composure to cross the line first for a landmark win, followed closely by Brookes with Kiyonari 0.932s back.
Tommy Bridewell earned Halsall Racing Kawasaki's best result of the season with fourth place, 9.532s behind Byrne, after he overcame Jon Kirkham on the leading Buildbase BMW.
Kirkham finished fifth ahead of PJ Jacobsen on the second Tyco Suzuki who crossed the line in sixth place.