April, 16 2013
Shane Byrne is no stranger to record-beating feats, but there are some which impress more than others.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki man this weekend won both heats at Thruxton to become the most successful rider in the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Shakey excelled at the second round of the BSB championship, winning the first race with a last-minute surge to brush past Josh Brookes on the final corner. Shane got the all-important win in an incident-packed second race, when he was declared winner after 13 laps when Karl Harris and Tommy Bridewell crashed.
Not only did those wins boost his lead in the 2013 championship to 91 points (to Lowes’ 76 points) but nudged his career win tally to 44 - one more than the previous record held by Japan’s Ryuichi Kiyonari.
Shakey, the reigning BSB champion who turned down a CRT ride in this year’s MotoGP, has now won three out of a possible four races and looks to have a great vantage point on which to attack the summit of a record fourth BSB title.
“Winning that second race was very important to me as I wanted to become the most successful rider in the championship but there was nothing easy about it,” Byrne said.
He added: “To come away with the double is superb and becoming the most successful rider in BSB just adds to that.”
Look out as Shane aims to extend the record winning streak at the next round of BSB at Oulton Park in May.