It was another bumper haul of trophies for the Kawasaki mantelpiece this weekend with podiums from the World Superbike riders at a damp Brno and a dominant double win from Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne at a blisteringly hot Brands Hatch British Superbike event.
Having clinched his seventh pole of the season Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes got off to a great start in the first World Superbike race. Conditions were far from easy as the damp track continued to dry, yet Sykes fought hard and only just lost the lead two laps from the end. His team-mate Loris Baz clinched third – his first ever World Superbike podium. Race two was held on a dry track with Sykes and Melandri battling for the win throughout the race, the Kawasaki man unable to fend off a last lap attack by Melandri and securing his second podium of the day.
It was a Kawasaki one-two in World Supersport with Fabien Foret boxing off the win while championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu pushed him throughout the race. Bryan Staring also clinched victory aboard his ZX-10R in the European Superstock race.
Over in the UK it was a completely different story as blisteringly hot sun graced the iconic Brands Hatch circuit and Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane Byrne powered his way to a fantastic pole position before following it up with a double win at his home round in Sunday’s two races. Despite being pushed hard by Josh Brookes, Byrne was able to fend off the Aussie and secure his first ‘double’ of the year. Byrne’s Superstock team mate, Keith Farmer, secured another podium with a second place in the 1000cc category.
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