BSB - round 2

The second round of the 2007 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Thruxton circuit basked in glorious sunshine and in front of a bumper crowd, Ducati's Gregorio Lavilla won both races. Leon Camier (Honda) once again impressed the 35,000 crowd with strong second and fifth places.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne got his Championship bid back on course with a superb podium finish aboard the VK backed 1000cc Fireblade, the 30 year old just missed out on a podium in the opening 22 lap classic whereby he finished in fourth position but made amends with a brilliant third place finish in the second race which was played out in front of another record crowd.

Having qualified on the front row of the grid, Byrne was confident of a good showing in today’s two races and lived up to his expectations meaning he now moves into fifth in the Championship going into the next round at Silverstone in two weeks’ time.

Meanwhile team mate Tom Sykes continued to impress with another pair of solid points scoring rides whereby he posted a fifth and seventh to maintain his Championship challenge. Sykes battled against his more illustrious counterparts throughout both races to round out the day in seventh position in the Championship.

Rizla Suzuki young-gun Cal Crutchlow showed his natural speed and ability to finish seventh in the opening race. Starting from ninth on the grid, he made a slow start, but as the race developed he got faster and faster, closing in on the riders in front. In the second race, in front of Rizla Suzuki's home fans, he was battling for eighth place when he crashed unhurt at the final Club Chicane on the penultimate lap.

Team mate Chris Walker took ninth place in the first race, struggling for rear end grip on his GSX-R1000. For the second race, his crew made changes to his set-up and he was battling within the top six when he was forced to retire on the fourth lap.

The British Superbike Championship moves on to Silverstone on the weekend of 27-29 April for the third round of the series

British Superbike teams are next on track on Friday April 20, testing at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

Shane Byrne : “That was a great result, all credit to the team as they have worked flat out all weekend. I wanted to get into the lead and try and pull away but those factory Hondas are quick and I had to just try and hang in there, then the pace car came out and we caught back up to Greg (Lavilla) but I wasn’t quite fast enough to put a move on him but we’re back and on the podium, which is great.”

Tom Sykes : “In the first race I got a bad start otherwise I could have maybe been on the podium. I got a good start in the second race and was up to fourth but then I got messed up by a couple of riders going into the complex which was unfortunate. I pulled my way back up and then the pace car came out and after that I was struggling a bit. I just need to find that last little bit but overall not a bad result with more points on the board and some consistent results.”

Cal Crutchlow : "I felt as though I was able to compete in the first race, which was great. I had a good tyre, strong set-up and if I had been able to force my way past Tommy Hill earlier, I think I might have been able to challenge for the top six. The plan was to get a better start for the second race and get up with the front runners. An average start didn't help and I crashed out on the penultimate lap when my bike grounded out on the kerbing - but I'm ok. I'm getting to know my GSX-R1000 and team better with every outing and feel I am making quick progress: top six results will not be long coming."

Chris Walker : "Not my best day at the races but once again I gave it my all. In the opening race I was on my spare bike and it wasn't handling exactly how I would have liked, so ninth was a fair result. For the second race my Rizla Suzuki was much better and I was in the top six before retiring with a technical issue. My team and I are working our hearts out to get to the front of the pack and there is not a more determined crew in the Championship. We are testing before Silverstone and that will help us for those races - it's also a track I know well from racing there in World Superbikes so I'm hoping for much improved results."

BSB Race 1 Result
1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 27m52.872
2. Leon Camier (Honda) +3.526
3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +6.833
4. Shane Byrne (Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport Honda) +7.136
5. Tom Sykes (Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport Honda) +12.799
6. Leon Haslam (Ducati) +16.093
7. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +18.564
8. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +19.559
9. Chris Walker (Suzuki) +21.443
10. Karl Harris (Honda) +26.764

BSB Race 2 Result
1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 29m01.593
2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.113
3. Shane Byrne (Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport Honda) +0.249
4. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +0.492
5. Leon Camier (Honda) +1.364
6. Leon Haslam (Ducati) +8.820
7. Tom Sykes (Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport Honda) +10.367
8. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki) +11.078s. 9. Karl Harris (Honda) +13.484
10. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +15.609

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Positions after Round 2
1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 100
2. Leon Camier (Honda) 67
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 49
=, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 49
5. Shane Byrne (Honda) 45
6. Leon Haslam (Ducati) 43
7. Tom Sykes (Honda) 40
8. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki) 28
9. Chris Walker (Suzuki) 26
10. Karl Harris (Honda) 25
13. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) 12

2007 BSB calendar

Round 1. Brands Hatch GP April 7/8/9
Round 2. Thruxton April 13/14/15
Round 3. Silverstone April 27/28/29
Round 4. Oulton Park May 5/6/7
Round 5. Snetterton May 18/19/20
Round 6. Mondello Park June 15/16/17
Round 7. Knockhill June 29/30/1
Round 8. Oulton Park July 13/14/15
Round 9. Mallory Park July 20/21/22
Round 10. Croft August 10/11/12
Round 11. Cadwell Park August 25/26/27
Round 12. Donington Park September 21/22/23
Round 13. Brands Hatch Indy October 12/13/14

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