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Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) claimed his first Bennetts British Superbike win of the season this afternoon during Race 1 at his local Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

Starting from the front row in 2nd, Shakey got a good start of the line and slotted in behind pole-sitter Brady Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) before the pair started to pull a gap to the rest to chasing pack behind them, which had been extended to over 3 seconds by half-race distance.

Starting from 2nd, Shakey got a good start of the line and slotted in behind pole-sitter Brady Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) before the pair started to pull a gap to the rest to chasing pack behind them, which had been extended to over 3 seconds by half-race distance.

Shakey stuck with the race leader throughout the race and was looking to make move in the dying laps. On the penultimate lay Ray ran wide on the entry to Paddock Hill Bend, allowing Shakey to pounce into first place. Despite a moment after making the pass, the Be Wiser Ducati racer brought his bike home to take his first win of 2018. Shakey finshed 0.837s ahead of Ray, with Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) claiming the final podium position a further 1.575s behind.

Shakey’s Be Wiser teammate Glenn Irwin started from 12th on the grid and fought his way up to pass the chequered flag in 7th to collect 9 points. 

Moto Rapido Ducati’s Taylor ‘Tmac’ Mackenzie, in only his 2nd round onboard the Ducati Panigale R, fininshed the race in 17th but has gained further experience racing for his new team.

Shakey lines up for Race 2 in 2nd place once more, while Irwin’s best lap time in Race 1 sees him moving him a row further up in 8th. Tmac starts from Row 6 again, in 18th place.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati #67) – 1st
"I had a game plan. Bradley started really, really well. And I actually got a good start which was more surprising than anything. But I knew that Bradley would be really, really fast. If he got the jump he’d be really fast for a few laps and I was just trying to sit on the back wheel, not get too far away. And then I just tried to be really, really careful with me tyre you know. When he started to spin his tyre a bit coming out of Clearways I was like, ok, now it’s coming back to me a little bit. With about four or five laps to go I was hoping to pass him up into Druids but then the following mistake he made his mistake at Paddock and I just thought right, just go and try and be clean. But as soon as I overtook him I went down into one of my stronger sections but then I made a mistake and lost the rear. But I settled back down and managed to pull off a win. Thanks to the team Giovanni, Kev, Sam, Chris, Macauley, all of my boys because they gave me a great bike this weekend. Hopefully we can use it again the same this afternoon in Race 2."

Read Race 2 report here