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Byrne: We'll be stronger from here on in
26 September 2012
Shane Byrne says he is all but over the disappointment of having a double at Assen snatched from his grasp at the final chicane by title rival Josh Brookes.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider won the first race at the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown and led on the final circuit in the second race until he was thwarted by the Aussie.
“I knew full well to expect a lunge and also knew that if I protected the inside too much he'd get a run to the line,” said Byrne, reflecting on Brookes' last-lap move.
“Sure enough the lunge came and sure enough I got straightened up good, but the problem was there was a backmarker right in the middle of the chicane.
“Josh sat him up and that kind of put him directly in my path.
“I yanked my bike upright to avoid him, got a bit of a wheelie and lost on the run to the line so I was absolutely gutted,” added Shakey on his official blog.
“Having now had a couple of days I've kind of calmed down a little regarding the second place. I mean at the end of the day if you'd offered me a fist and a second a week ago I would have laughed at you.”
Byrne, who was back in action after missing the Donington Park round through injury, is now full of optimism as he prepares for the penultimate race at Silverstone this weekend.
“Now we have just a few days off before heading to Silverstone. I really like the track and know that it's important to keep our momentum going,” he said.
“I guess being positive we're only going to get stronger from here on in. Three or four weeks ago I had a complicated shoulder surgery so to come back and (finish) one-two at Assen bodes well for when I get some strength back.”
Byrne is just two points behind Brookes at the top of the championship and 20 ahead of reigning champion Tommy Hill in third.
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