News 3 Jul 2015

Byrne leads British Superbikes to Scotland

BSB series resumes with Knockhill round this weekend.

Source: BSB.

Source: BSB.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne arrives in Scotland as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship leader, but with four different winners from the opening four rounds the defending champion faces tough opposition at Knockhill.

Oulton Park race winner Stuart Easton is keen to give his PBM Kawasaki teammate a hard time at his home round this weekend; the leading Scottish rider in the championship currently lies fourth in the standings and is keen to carry the momentum to his local circuit.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes has been denied victory so far this season, but is stacking up an impressive run of podium finishes and is targeting the win that eluded him so far in his campaign to maintain his position ahead of James Ellison in the standings.

Ellison was battered and bruised last time out at Snetterton but is determined to return to the podium this weekend in his bid to regain the lead in the standings.

Tommy Bridewell was victorious at Oulton Park and the Tyco BMW rider narrowly sits ahead of Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran in the standings after the Australian’s first podium finish in the championship at the previous rounds.

With five rounds before the Showdown, the battle to be in the top six is set to get even more fraught as Michael Laverty, Dan Linfoot, Howie Mainwaring and Chris Walker bid to close in this weekend.

Last year’s victor Ryuichi Kiyonari is in need of a repeat performance here to catapult him back into title contention as he aims to equal Byrne’s record-breaking fourth title.