BSB » Byrne: I gave it everything

'Obviously, it's disappointing not to have retained the title but it's been one of the most enjoyable seasons of racing I've ever had ' - Shane Byrne

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October 20, 2013 8:24 PM

Shakey & Alex have been incredible this year, both on track and off. Both of them should be very proud of the job they did. They were on it every weekend at all tracks, in all conditions when their respective team mates were usually nowhere to be seen. They pushed each other to the absolute limit and it was great to watch. It's a real shame that one of them had to lose.


October 21, 2013 12:11 AM

My sympathies go out to Shakey - he had a lot going against him this year, in particular recently with having to deal with injury, the stupid BSB "showdown" arrangement, then the unfair grid placement on the very last race due to further mishandling from the BSB organisers. Both Alex and Shakey rode excellently this year, but I can't help but think Shakey was robbed of a title that this season he deserved a little more than Alex. Losing interest in BSB now....


October 21, 2013 8:05 AM

Could someone please explain why Shakey had to start from 22nd position in the last race and Lowes from 10th when Shakey obviously had a faster lap time in the previous race as Lowes crashed on the first lap.
I didn't hear anyone explaining it.


October 21, 2013 11:17 AM

@ killahrat:

Race 1 grid placements are decided through a qualifying seesion.

Race 2 (and 3 if it's a triple-header) riders' completed and fasted race lap times are used to determine grid placements for the next race (for that meeting). However if a rider does not complete a lap in the previous race then they start in their original position +8 places.


October 21, 2013 11:24 AM
Last Edited 920 days ago

To conclude:

Shakey did several laps within race 2 of the weekend but were very slow (due to tyres / weather) which gave him low grid placement for race 3.

Alex fell off on lap 1 but as he started from somewhere on the front row he was given a much better grid placement for race 3.

Even Stuart Higgs called it "almost unfair" when talking to Whitham on the grid - understatement of the year.


October 21, 2013 11:52 AM

But they are rules and it could've easily have been the other way round. You could argue that any one else who fell off on the first lap and started the next race got In shakeys way too. I don't like the showdown but have to admit it did create some bloody good racing.

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