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On Track with British Superbike champion Shane Byrne

By KentOnline reporter

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, from Sittingbourne, speaks to FUCHS SILKOLENE, one of the main partners of the five-time British Superbike champion.

We’re heading to Thruxton this weekend and, as a team, we couldn’t be travelling there in higher spirits.

Four straight race wins have seen me go to the top of the BSB standings and we are going to a track where we had success last year.

Things are certainly pretty good at the moment but I’m only too aware that we can’t get carried away.

Three rounds ago I wasn’t even in the Showdown places and now I’m leading the way, so that shows how quickly things can change.

Our aim at Thruxton is to continue to keep the pressure on our rivals. We’ve got the momentum at the moment and it’s vital we keep it going.

It’s been a brilliant run. I said after Snetterton that it was the perfect race weekend but – with another two race successes – Brands Hatch wasn’t too far away from that.

I got the fastest-ever lap at the track during practice and, while that’s nice to have, it doesn’t mean anything in terms of winning a championship.

Shane Byrne heads to Thruxton with four straight BSB wins Picture: Simon Hildrew
Shane Byrne heads to Thruxton with four straight BSB wins Picture: Simon Hildrew

What was far more important was to get the two race wins and they were contrasting races.

I had to do it the hard way in race one – battling back from ninth after running out wide trying to overtake Leon Haslam at Surtees.

I felt pretty comfortable before that incident but it shows how competitive BSB is when one small mistake can take you from fourth or fifth to ninth.

Thankfully, I worked my way back through the field and managed to take the lead a lap before the race was red-flagged due to rain. I don’t think the premature end gifted us the race and I fancied extending my lead had the race been able to go full distance.

I started the second race from second and always fancied my chances. It was certainly a lot more straightforward than earlier in the day.

We have a great set-up on the bike at the moment. Between Snetterton and Brands we did some testing at Cadwell and didn’t have to do major work on the bike.

Normally there is something significant you have to alter from track to track but it was just a case of fine tuning the Cadwell set-up when we arrived at Brands and that’s a great place to be.

We are on a brilliant run and can’t wait to get to Thruxton but everyone in the team is only too aware, nothing is won yet.

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