Oulton Park BSB: Byrne on cusp of Showdown heading to Oulton

Shane Byrne is well placed to ensure he takes the first of six spots available in the Title Showdown with a good showing at Oulton Park.
Shane Byrne can confirm his spot in the 2014 British Superbike Championship Title Showdown with two rounds remaining this weekend with another strong performance at Oulton Park.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider has been the dominant force in BSB this season, his double win from the opening round at Brands Hatch making him the man to beat from the very opening round.

In 12 races, Byrne has notched up six wins and a further five podiums, a tally that has seen him establish an 82 point advantage over second place rider Josh Brookes alone.

It also means his 149 point advantage over Tommy Bridewell in seventh means he simply needs to continue his form at the Oulton Park triple header this weekend to ensure that he takes the first of six spots available for the 2014 Title Showdown.

“Oulton Park hopefully will be another good round for us; we have won there this year already earlier in the season. We had two second places at Thruxton, but because I want to be winning and we have been recently, finishing second last weekend seemed so difficult. I believe that is testament to what we have done so far.”

However, since the points' gap means relatively little at this stage due to the relative equalisation of the 'Title Showdown' format, Byrne heads to Oulton Park eager to add to his 45 podium credits.

“I want to get to Oulton Park and try and get back winning again and we have three races to do it; that is a big point's haul for the championship and we need to nick them. For sure I think there will be some other riders up there this weekend but it would be great to get a win or three for Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.”

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August 07, 2014 3:03 PM

To my way of thinking this artificial 'showdown' format seems actually detrimental to good racing, as Shane's comment illustrate. It is more sporting to tally everybody's points and the best man wins the championship in the end. That is a victory based on mathematical fact and what is better than that? All this 'entertainment' crap means nothing to sportsmen and fans of the sport.


August 07, 2014 10:21 PM

This is the second year on the bounce that Byrne has pretty much come out and said he's more concerned about podium credits and not outright race wins. Last year at Cadwell he said he decided not to push for the win as the winner was only getting 1 extra podium credit and it wasn't worth the risk to push. A few weeks ago at Brands he said he never pushed in race 2 because the riders who took the podium were not major contenders taking podium credits off him. I think Byrne himself and a lot of riders really don't like the showdown but they are too nice or scared to come out and criticize it, although Kiyo was one of the few to say so the other day...

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