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Shane Byrne walks away from 150mph British Superbike crash at Brands Hatch to finish second in race two

Shane Byrne crashed at Brands Hatch Picture: Jessop/PSP
Shane Byrne crashed at Brands Hatch Picture: Jessop/PSP

Shane Byrne walked away from a high-speed smash at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The British Superbike champion crashed his PBM Kawasaki at 150mph while fighting for the lead in race one.

With the Sittingbourne rider out of contention, Josh Brookes finished half a second clear of Richard Cooper, with James Ellison third at the Kent track.

Byrne was battered and bruised but took his place on pole position for race two.

He led the way on his rebuilt bike before Brookes made a move at Druids to take the lead on lap eight and complete victory over his title rival by almost three-and-a-half seconds, with Richard Cooper third.

Byrne said: "I want to say a massive thank you to PBM Kawasaki for getting the bike rebuilt for me.

"A podium or a second position is a good finish, it's not the ideal finish, but it's as good as it was going to get this afternoon and the podium's for the boys because they worked so hard and I'm sorry I smashed their bike to bits in the first one."

Byrne's lead over Brookes in the standings is down to five points, 221 to 216.

Round seven is at Thruxton on August 2.

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