Having now gone three rounds without a win to his name, Shane Byrne insists his bike had the pace to claim victories during the Oulton Park triple-header but injuries sustained in a pre-event cycling accident prevented him from getting on terms with Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes.
Coming into the weekend suffering with his physical condition after coming off his pedal bike the day before action began, Byrne nonetheless soldiered on to score a pole position and get embroiled in the lead fight in all three races.
However, while Byrne says his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki was certainly fast enough to contend with the challenge of Kiyonari and Brookes in all three races, he personally didn't have the longevity to stay with them.
"My fitness isn't what it should have been this weekend due to a bit of an accident away from racing on Thursday so with a second and two thirds from the three races, it hasn't been a bad weekend by my standards. Aside from having a bit less side grip, the bike was great all weekend and more than capable of winning and it was simply a case of the rider not quite being strong enough.
“I felt better on the Sunday and although changeable conditions make it tough as you don't want to be on damp patches with slick tyres, the slower pace helped me last longer.
Even so, Byrne admits he was stunned by the impressive pace of Brookes in the final race of the weekend, the Australian defying the patchy conditions to claim a dominant victory.
“I'm lost for words with how Josh rode in the last race as he was going through the damp patches like they weren't there so fair play to him. Three more podiums mean a good chunk of Podium Credits and hopefully I'll be back a lot stronger at the next round.”
Byrne remains the runaway leader in the overall standings, but his advantage in terms of podium credits has been reduced to just 15 points.