Byrne and Brookes have both won at Thruxton in the past

Byrne and Brookes have both won at Thruxton in the past

Defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne aims to remain the top gun in the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend (12/13/14 April) at the high-speed Thruxton circuit as the riders prepare for the fastest round on the calendar. 

The former RAF airfield is fast and unforgiving and is known to produce some unpredictable results with the ability to slip-stream at speeds of up to 180mph. Byrne is a former race winner at the Hampshire track, but so is rival triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari who missed out on the podium at round one and Brands Hatch podium finisher Josh Brookes.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Byrne said: “You could see from Brands Hatch that we are pushing hard as a team for wins in every race. I can’t wait for Thruxton as before last weekend we were all on edge and we can start to enjoy it now we have got the first one out of the way. We are like addicts wanting to get our next fix of racing and a place like Thruxton with the fast, flat out nature of the track is fantastic to stretch the legs of the bike and really let rip! Fingers crossed that we can have another consistent weekend and come away with another two top results.”

Alex Lowes scored his maiden pole position at the track in 2011 and after opening the season with a brace of second places will be aiming to go one better for Samsung Honda, whilst Milwaukee Yamaha’s James Ellison will want a repeat of his win at the opening round. Thruxton also marks the home round of Martin Jessopp on the RidersMotorcycles BMW, the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki team and Rapido Sport Racing Ducati as Italian champion Matteo Baiocco debuts at Thruxton.

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