BSB: Stobart Oulton Park race report

SUPER SHAKEY SPLASHES TO DOUBLE PODIUM 2007 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Round 8 -- Oulton Park, Cheshire Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne overcame the wet conditions to record two podium finishes in...

SUPER SHAKEY SPLASHES TO DOUBLE PODIUM

2007 Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Round 8 -- Oulton Park, Cheshire

Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne overcame the wet conditions to record two podium finishes in round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire today.

Riding the VK backed Dunlop shod Honda Fireblade, Byrne battled back from a poor start in race one before taking advantage of the drying conditions in race two to score his second double podium of the season for the Paul Bird Motorsport team.

It was reward indeed for the 30 year old Londoner after a number of problems in qualifying had hampered his bid but he was delighted to leave Oulton having scored top points for the day.

Meanwhile for 21 year old team mate Tom Sykes the meeting had promised much with a superb second place qualifying position but delivered little as a crash in race one and a technical problem in race two scuppered his bid.

Sykes was in the leading bunch in the opening race and looking good for his first podium of the season when he slid off at the fast Druids Corner without injury, but any hopes he had of making amends in race two disappeared when his machine developed a water-inspired misfire in the early stages but he gallantly held on to finish in sixth position.

The team now moves on to Mallory Park next weekend hoping to continue their success in recent races.

Shane Byrne: "All of my team deserved that. We've had a really difficult weekend especially after I fell off twice, but that happens when you give 100%. The team has been awesome and I was really happy to get a podium in the first race and to make it two was even better. The team has done a great job and thanks to Dunlop also who have been great. We ended up top points scorer and its all credit to them."

Tom Sykes:

"I had bad starts in both races and in the first race I was running comfortably on the back of the bunch for second but was struggling with visibility and missed an apex and ran wide at Druids and lost the front. I had another bad start in the second race but I was picking my way through and I passed Shakey, who ended up on the podium, and from lap three I had a bit of a problem with the bike and just struggled from there and managed to hold on to sixth place. It's just heartbreaking because I could have been on the podium in both races but we'll carry on to Mallory and crack on from there."

Paul Bird:

"It's a great result for the team after a difficult weekend with a couple of crashes, and to come out top points scorer just shows the character of the riders and the team. It's fantastic for Shakey but luck just wasn't on Tom's side today but he showed maturity to bring the machine home in the top six in the second race. All in all it's a fantastic result for the team and now we'll go to Mallory Park and carry on the momentum."

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Race 1 Result

Pos Name                Bike            Gap
 1. Ryuichi Kiyonari    Honda           31m03.104s
 2. Shane Byrne         Stobart Honda   +20.075s
 3. Chris Walker        Suzuki          +20.890s
 4. Leon Haslam         Ducati          +23.634s
 5. Cal Crutchlow       Suzuki          +29.967s
 6. Leon Camier         Honda           +42.345s
 7. Scott Smart         Kawasaki        +1m24.828s
 8. Tommy Hill          Yamaha          +1m28.272s
 9. Ollie Bridewell     Suzuki          +1m32.318s
10. Guy Martin          Honda           +1m43.863s

Race 2 Result

Pos Name                Bike            Gap
 1. Jonathan Rea        Honda           24m33.750s
 2. Karl Harris         Honda           +12.103s
 3. Shane Byrne         Stobart Honda   +19.949s
 4. Leon Haslam         Ducati          +26.780s
 5. Leon Camier         Honda           +29.256s
 6. Tom Sykes           Stobart Honda   +51.584s
 7. Michael Rutter      Kawasaki        +1m00.028s
 8. Chris Walker        Suzuki          +1m10.681s
 9. Ollie Bridewell     Suzuki          +1m13.025s
10. Gregorio Lavilla    Ducati          +1m14.807s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Positions after Round 8

 1. Ryuichi Kiyonari    Honda           273
 2. Jonathan Rea        Honda           262
 3. Leon Haslam         Ducati          231
 4. Gregorio Lavilla    Ducati          226
 5. Shane Byrne         Stobart Honda   187
 6. Leon Camier         Honda           166
 7. Tom Sykes           Stobart Honda   148
 8. Chris Walker        Suzuki          128
 9. Karl Harris         Honda            99
10. Tommy Hill          Yamaha           94

-credit: stobart

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