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Oulton BSB: Byrne takes first win of 2012

PBM Kawasaki's Shane Byrne bagged his first British Superbike win of 2012, claiming victory in the weekend's third race at Oulton Park in front of reigning champion Tommy Hill and team-mate Stuart Easton.

The two-time champion stalked Hill for a few laps after he had dispensed with Josh Brookes and and Easton, going past on lap 16 as Hill ran wide on the exit of Cascades, got his head down and didn't look crossing the line 2.6s ahead of the Swan Yamaha man. His victory made is six different winners in six BSB races so far this year.

Easton took the lead early on, pulling a gap on poleman Graeme Gowland, Chris Walker and Brookes but the Australian soon fought past the opposition on lap two and set off in pursuit of the little Scotsman, taking Hill and Byrne with him.


Hill passed Brookes for second on the run into Island on lap eight and then, two laps later, went under Easton into Old Hall. Byrne also passed Brookes on the same lap as Hill, who had water coming out of his bike for most of the race, and could see his team-mate in second.

Byrne passed Easton a lap later and then got the hammer down to pass hill with two left to run. Brookes finished just behind the Hawick man while Supersonic BMW's Tommy Bridewell rode a terrific race for fifth place.

Noriyuki Haga, on the second Swan bike, battled through to sixth after dropping back early on with Michael Laverty and Gowland behind him. Walker was ninth with Alex Lowes tenth.

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