Results tagged “HM Plant Honda” from Sunday Sun Blog
By Mic Archbold, Images by Full Throttle Imaging.
THE HM Plant Honda of Shane Byrne outpaced Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill in both of today's Free Practice Sessions at Thruxton.
Byrne came out strong from the outset, putting in a series of fast laps straight away, beating the Swan Yamaha of Hill by a quarter of a second at the end of the second session.
Byrne has already won four outings at this Hampshire circuit, three of which were in his title winning years, and he is keen to build on his victory at Croft two weeks ago.
Images by Full Throttle Imaging
RYUICHI Kiyonari has won the today's first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Oulton Park.
The reigning champ was clearly looking to make amends after a troubled start to the weekend as he scorched through the field to take his 10th victory at the Cheshire circuit.
Second man home was American hero John Hopkins, while Hawick's Stuart Easton crossed the line third.
AUSSIE Josh Brookes celebrated his first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship win as he took the spoils in a hard-fought second race at Thruxton.
The HM Plant Honda became the first Australian to win a BSB race since Troy Bayliss in 1999 as he beat Race One winner Tommy Hill across the line by just 0.391secs.
And the win comes as the first for the HM Plant Honda squad since 2008.
British Superbikes, Croft Circuit.
LEON Haslam took the win in Race Two at Croft, as Shakey Byrne narrowly missed out on taking the title this afternoon.
The HM Plant Honda rider backed-up his second place in Race One by taking a solid victory around the North Yorkshire track, after taking the lead three laps from the end.
The race started as almost a carbon copy of the first, with polesitter Cal Crutchlow grabbing the holeshot and leading the field into the opening lap.
As the pack rounded the hairpin to begin Lap Two, Byrne missed a gear and dropped back to 10th, while Crutchlow crossed the line ahead of Rizla Suzuki's Tom Sykes and North West 200 Ducati pilot Michael Rutter.
Crutchlow led the race all the way to Lap 10, when Sykes made a pass, forcing Cal down to second just ahead of team-mate Haslam who was now sitting third.
Byrne meanwhile had been making his way through the pack, and on Lap 13 passed Rutter for fifth, while a lap later Airwaves Ducati's Leon Camier passed Haslam at the Complex.
On Lap 18, Camier waved team-mate Shakey through into third while up at the front, Haslam, who had found his way past Crutchlow, made a daring move on Sykes at Tower, and made it stick.
It was a place he was to hold up to the chequered flag two laps later, but all eyes were now on Shakey, who had closed the gap to Crutchlow.
Only needing to finish third to wrap-up the championship, Byrne pushed as hard as he could but could not find that extra something needed to catch and pass the Honda, and settled for fourth.
The title fight was left to rumble on to the next round at Silverstone in a fortnight.
Meanwhile in the Superbike Cup, John Laverty finally put the rest out of their misery by taking the title.
He finished second in the race, again behind the formidable force which is Gary Mason, but the points advantage he gained before Mason joined the series earlier this year where enough to give him the title, with two rounds still remaining.
1: Leon Haslam, HM Plant Honda
2: Tom Sykes, Rizla Suzuki
3: Cal Crutchlow, HM Plant Honda
4: Shane Byrne, Airwaves Ducati
5: Leon Camier, Airwaves Ducati
6: Michael Rutter, North West 200 Ducati
7: James Ellison, Hydrex Bike Animal Honda
8: Karl Harris, Team Yamaha
9: Simon Andrews, Jentin/Lloyds British
10: Michael Laverty, Relentless Suzuki by TAS
1: Gary Mason,Quay Garage
2: John Laverty, Buildbase NW200 Ducati
3: Tom Tunstall, Hardinge - Ice Valley Motorsport