Oulton Park International: Byrne: These things happen in racing

Shane Byrne says he felt a race victory was within his grasp before his incident with Ryuichi Kiyonari which saw the pair crash out of race two
Shane Byrne says he holds no ill feelings towards Ryuichi Kiyonari for his part in their crash in race two but feels he had the 'win in the bag' at Oulton Park.

The reigning MCE British Superbike champion had been fighting with Kiyonari for the lead with three laps to go until the Buildbase BMW rider misjudged an undercut move at Hizzys and slid into the rear wheel of Byrne, sending the pair off.

“Kiyo made a small mistake which resulted in both of us crashing but these things happen in racing and no one will be more disappointed than Kiyo," Byrne said. “I went into Hizzys and for a moment I thought I had just run in with a bit too much back brake on and spun the bike around.

"Then as I was rolling through the grass I noticed Kiyo's bike come flying passed and I thought 'ah, that wasn't the case'. It is what it is. I have an awful lot of respect and admiration for Kiyo as a rider and I know full well that would have been the last thing he intended.”

What may stick with Byrne is as a result of his race two DNF he has lost the championship lead to JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison, who now heads the riders' standings by eight points. Byrne also lost his consecutive podium run after finishing on the rostrum in every race in 2015 until his incident with Kiyonari.

“It is a bit frustrating as I felt I had that win in the bag but at the same time I am over the moon for the PBM team and Stuart as I was cheering him from the wall at Hizzys."

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May 04, 2015 11:12 PM

Hats off Shakey - a true champion, racer and professional. Equal respect to Kiyo for holding his hands up too. Would have been a win without the incident, and yet full of praise for Ratboy. There are a lot of so called 'racers' out there (Lewis who.....?) who could learn a great deal from these guys.


May 12, 2015 10:40 PM

Honeybadger has said it all. Shakey has gone up up up in my estimation. To lose a solid 25 points is a real kick in the guts, but his response to a "racing incident" shows real sportsmanship. He may regret this loss later in the year!

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