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Byrne responds with race two triumph

8 July 2013

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne bounced back to score his 48th career MCE British Superbike victory in race two at Snetterton after a tyre gamble in the opener failed to pay off.

The 36-year-old finished third in the first race behind Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki, but Byrne returned to the top step in the second race after making some changes to the front end of his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R and reverting back to the softer compound Pirelli front tyre.

Byrne said: “The first race was absolutely dreadful and whilst I could ride round at 60%, going at 61% would have spelt disaster as the front end was awful and I just couldn't get the feel I wanted.

“I normally use the softer front tyre but we made a gamble which didn't pay off so it required some major changes in between the races.

“Fair play to the boys in the team, they gave me a bike for the second race that allowed me to do what I wanted with it and whilst I wasn't happy after the first race, they put a smile back on my face after the second.”

Byrne's victory and third place finish at Snetterton has given the triple British Superbike champion a lead of 32 points at the top of the table after five rounds over Lowes, with Brookes three points further back in third.


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