It was a scorching hot race day at Snetterton last weekend but we saw some great racing as the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship came to our home turf in Norfolk.
Shane Byrne riding a Kawasaki XZ10R and Alex Lowes on the Honda came away with a victory apiece. After the first race which saw Byrne come third he fought back later in the day to hold off Lowes and secure a 32-point lead in the race for the title.
Byrne said: "The first race was dreadful for me - I didn't enjoy it. I couldn't turn the bike, nearly lost the front at Oggies on the warm up lap. It was very difficult. I was so frustrated. I had to ride and not race, and I want to race to win. The team worked really hard to make changes and I felt more confident to be able to push hard and settled down in the second one. I went from wanting to kill the team to wanting to marry them in the space of two races!"
Lowes said: "I really enjoyed the races and in the second one I tried to get into a position to try and take Shakey but I never quite got there. I learned a lot from him over the last five laps, but he didn't make any mistakes and rode really well."
The sun also shone down on the Gearlink Kawasaki team with both riders making good use of their Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R machines and dicing for wins in each race. Alastair Seeley rose to the top on both occasions and took a double win to cement his place at the head of the Supersport Championship. Team mate Ben Wilson come third and then second so a fantastic weekend for Gearlink Kawasaki.
Both riders and fans are already looking forward to the next round at Brands Hatch on 19-21 July - not long to wait for that one.
It really was a great weekend of sport all round with a British rider winning a stage of the Tour de France and a British player winning the Wimbledon men’s title for the first time in 77 years!
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