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The opening race at Thruxton was initially delayed after an incident in the preceding Superstock 100 race and was subsequently reduced from 20 to 18 laps.

A great start from 5th on the grid saw Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) immediately pass Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad) and move up to 4th as the riders entered Campbell for the first time. He went on to make a move on Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Racing) for 3rd on the opening lap but ran wide at Club and had to miss the chicane before re-joining the action back in 5th after avoiding a penalty.

The shortened race was then on hold after Billy McConnell (Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki) crashed out on Lap 2 bringing out the safety car.  The safety car eventually came back in on Lap 7 with Shakey once again passing Iddon once to retake 4th place.

Ultimately the shortened race denied Shakey the chance to exploit his Panigale’s good tyre wear. Although the Be Wiser Ducati rider was able to run with the top 3 riders of Brookes, Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) and Jake Dixon), he was unable to make a move on the trio and had to settle for a 4th place finish, crossing the line just 2.3s seconds behind winner Brookes.

John ‘Hopper’ Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) and Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) both finished in their respective grid positions of 8th and 20th.

Shakey’s fastest lap saw him line up for Race 2 in on the front row of the grid in 2nd. Hopper lined up in 8th again, while Irwin has a much-improved start position of 14th.

Read the Thruxton Race 2 report