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British Superbike Championship title contender Shane Byrne says he is feeling rather 'second-hand' after injuring his back ahead of the 2014 season opener at Brands Hatch.

Speaking to during the first day of free practice, which saw him lose his grip on the top spot to main rival Josh Brookes during FP2, the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider revealed he is carrying a back injury sustained during an unfortunate incident involving his son.

"I've pulled my back," he said. "I had to do a feature for TV where I had to put my son on some monkey bars, but he panicked, so I reached out to catch him and pulled my back quite severely. It's bad and I've been with the physio. I'm OK on the bike but when I try to get off it's mission impossible. I'm always arched over and I just want to straight again!

"With my physio I can manage [on the bike] but it's such a shame to come here feeling second hand for the first round though it is better than feeling that way on the last round like I did last year."

Despite the ailment, Byrne has still been putting in quick laps and joined Brookes in closing on Gregorio Lavilla's seven-year old lap record during practice.

"I may have pulled my back but I'm still fastest. The circuit lends itself to some really close racing because it's only 45 seconds to go around it and there's not a lot you can do wrong so I'll be OK. The important thing is that I'm topping the timesheets."


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