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EUGENE Laverty has taken his maiden World Superbike Race after a faultless ride at Monza.

The Yamaha World Superbike Team rider didn't put a wheel wrong on the way to his first win in his rookie year, beating Roman Emperor Max Biaggi in his back yard.

Biaggi crossed the line second some 1.5secs behind Laverty, with Leon Haslam emerging strongest of a race-long battle with Marco Melandri to take third.

ANDY Carroll's boos problem at Anfield carried a potent warning for Jose Enrique, the Newcastle player most vulnerable when the transfer window re-opens later this month.

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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.

By Mic Archbold

A GOOD day in the office for Tommy Hill sees him at the top of the leader board after today's free practice sessions, ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

Hill, riding the Swan Yamaha machine - who had taken the early lead of the championship after a second place and a victory at Brands Hatch - went out and grabbed the top spot late in session.

The fact that this Cheshire circuit was the scene of heartache last year when a crash lost him the chance of taking the title did not worry him at all.

Sean Gallagher comes across as a big brute of a man.

BSB_SUN_BYRNE_FULL_THROTTLE_IMAGING_300.jpgBy Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold. Images by Full Throttle Imaging

SHANE "Shakey" Byrne has won an eventful opening MCE Insurance British Superbike race of the 2011 season at Brands Hatch.

The HM Plant Honda rider started the 30-lap race from pole, and despite dropping down to second in Lap Two, emerged victorious as the chequered flag fell in the glorious Kent sunshine.

Second man home was the Swan Honda of Tommy Hill, followed by Tommy Bridewell's Tyco Honda.

#55 Chrissy Rouse_300.jpgBy Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold. Images by Full Throttle Imaging

CHRISSY Rouse has stunned the Sunoco British 125GP paddock after qualifying ninth for his first ever round.

And astonishingly, the 15-year-old from Burnhopfield revealed to Burning Rubber that he still has much more to come.

Rouse has joined forces with the new SGR Racing team, and together they're proving to be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.

#81 Gowland (3)_300.jpgBy Mic Archbold. Images by Full Throttle Imaging

GRAEME Gowland has stamped his authority on the BSB-Evo Championship after taking pole at Brands Hatch.

The Allendale rider and his Team WFR Honda team-mates Glen Richards and Alex Lowes have been the dominating force of the class all weekend.

Between the three of them they have locked-out the top three spots all weekend, with each of them taking the top spot at various points.

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By Zoe Burn and Mic Archbold. Images by Full Throttle Imaging.

SHANE "Shakey" Byrne smashed the Brands Hatch Indy lap record this afternoon with a hotlap of 45.112secs around the Kent track.

The two-times BSB champion had already proved himself to be the fastest man on two wheels around the circuit a lap previous when he knocked his HM Plant Honda team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari down to P2 with a 45.171.

But the local hero still had a little bit left in the tank as he knocked in a second fast lap, this time clocking the 45.112, a time which was to go unbeaten with just 26 seconds of the session remaining.

By Mic Archbold

NORTH Superbike squad Swan Yamaha are gearing up to launch their assault on the 2011 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as it gets underway this weekend.

The Guisborough-based outfit are already being tipped as potential favourites for the crown, with top riders Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty making their race debut for the team at Brands Hatch.

Both have shown strong pace in pre-season testing. In Caragena earlier this year Hill set a new lap record, and Laverty proved to be the fastest rider at Snetterton last week.

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