Now don’t get me wrong I like Shakey Byrne (and he taught me a few things while in Jerez a few years back). He is on one of the best bikes in BSB this season in the HM Plant Honda, but based upon yesterday’s race two at Brands, I can see that Tommy Hill will be a serious contemder for the tille this season…..
Swan Yamaha scored the second race win of the weekend at Brands Hatch this afternoon as Tommy Hill secured victory at his home round after holding off the challenges from the HM Plant Hondas of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.
There was drama for the Samsung Crescent Racing team before the race got underway as Jon Kirkham was forced to retire at the end of the warm up lap and when the race got underway Byrne once again took the lead on the opening lap into Paddock Hill Bend from Hill, Laverty and Kiyonari.
There was further disappointment for James Westmoreland on his debut with the Motorpoint Yamaha team when he crashed out for the second time today on the eighth lap when he fell at Druids.
Byrne held the lead until the fourteenth lap when Hill made an impressive move at Graham Hill Bend to hit the front of the field and held on to maintain his advantage; taking the win and also the championship lead.
Kiyonari was able to move to second place when Byrne went wide at Paddock Hill Bend on the penultimate lap after trying to make a move on Hill in an attempt to make it a winning double on his return. Kiyonari was defending hard and was able to fend off his team-mate to return to the podium. Laverty took an impressive fourth place after his huge crash in the first race ahead of John Hopkins who had been embroiled in a battle with Stuart Easton for fifth place.
Hill: “It has been a long four days as it has been the most I have ridden for a while! Last week I was concerned about my elbow and I had so much treatment throughout the week to be ready for here and it paid off. It is fantastic to be leading the championship but it is only round one and it is early days still. The bike has been working well and we couldn’t have asked for a better start today. We are now looking forward to Oulton Park and getting the bike to work around what is a completely different track. Hopefully we can get there and come away with a very similar result.”
In the Mirror.co.uk BSB Evo race Glen Richards took a second victory of the day from team-mate Alex Lowes.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two result:
- Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha)
- Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.142s
- Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.598s
- Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +4.463s
- John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +10.089s
- Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +11.984s
- Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +13.048s
- Dan Linfoot (Sorrymate.com Honda) +13.897s
- Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +18.431s
- Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +18.473s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:
- Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 45
- Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 41
- Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 23
- Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 20
- Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) 19