Byrne back home, Easton targets return

Shane Byrne eyes nothing less than victory at his home Brands Hatch venue, while Stuart Easton simply targets a return to competitive action.
Shane Byrne is hoping a visit to his home circuit at Brands Hatch will signal a return to winning ways as he looks to firm his place in the MCE British Superbike Championship 'Title Showdown'.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider had to give second best to arch rival Tommy Hill last time out at Oulton Park, but feels both he and the bike are well placed to get on top of the podium at Brands Hatch.

Indeed, Byrne has an excellent record around the GP configuration of the Kent circuit, winning three of the six races to be held there in 2011.

"I just love the GP track at Brands Hatch, not only because it is my home track and I've had lots of success round there, it's just brilliant to ride. We struggled a bit at Oulton Park so we have made improvements for this weekend and I'm looking forward to a pair of good races.

“I've upped my game too and have been training really hard so we should be in good shape all round. The weather is looking good too so hopefully there'll be a big crowd to help me celebrate two victories for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team!"

Stuart Easton, meanwhile, says it is vital that he makes his return to action this weekend having skipped the last two rounds through injury.

Slipping 36 points off the crucial top six position he needs to qualify for the 'Title Showdown', with just three rounds remaining until the first phase of the season is over, he cannot afford any more DNS'.

"It's vital I make my comeback this weekend as the 36 points I'm off a Showdown place is recoverable at present, but I can't concede any more ground. I certainly haven't given up on my chance to be in the Showdown but I'm realistic and it's going to be hard.

“My knee is feeling much better and I was told that the ligament wasn't damaged which meant it just needed time to heal. The month off has done the trick, hopefully, so I'm looking forward to this weekend as I love the GP circuit and we can start to turn things around."

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July 19, 2012 11:58 AM

With Easton back in the running, will it support Shakey by helping to fight the other shotout candidates, or will Ratboy be another rider in Shakey's way? Personally I'd like to see them both in the showdown, but if Easton doesn't make the cut I'm sure he will support Shakey 100%.

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July 19, 2012 5:39 PM

I like 'Ratboy' and although a mild quiet little fella he's got pace and he's tough. It's be one hell of an ask though to think he'll be getting ahead of Shakey in his own back yard when he loves the place. I think SE and the team would be over the moon if Ratboy runs well and nicks a few points off Shakey's main rivals though. Easton on the podium? Well he's good enough when fit for sure, but it's be heroic if he managed it at Brands.

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