Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Byrne: Daughter's pep talk spurred me on

A bruised Shane Byrne says it wasn't PBM Kawasaki's day at Brands Hatch but some family time helps him fight on for a race two rostrum
Shane Byrne has held up his hands and says it wasn't PBM Kawasaki's day at Brands Hatch despite taking second place in race two after a heavy crash earlier in the day.

The MCE British Superbike championship leader has seen his advantage shrink to five points after suffering a high speed off at Hawthorns in race one. Byrne paid full credit to his crew to fix his Kawasaki ZX-10R for the second race where he took a creditable rostrum finish behind double winner Josh Brookes.

After feeling battered and bruised from his bash into the safety barriers Byrne says it took a little pep talk from a young family member to refocus for race two.

“My daughter came and had a cuddle and a little power nap with me and said 'come on daddy, get yourself together,'” Byrne said. “I went out for the team because the bike was second hand and so was I.

“A podium finish is a good one, not ideal, but as good as we were going to get. Full credit to Josh on the double win it is a fantastic result.”

The four-time BSB champion says his tough crash played on his mind in race two and was partly behind why he opted to secure second place and the Podium Points it brings rather than risk it all for the win.

“Josh eventually came past and he looked really settled,” he explained. “I had a few moments on the back of him and thought I've had one 150mph off this weekend I could do without another one. He was riding so smooth and unflustered that I thought fair play you've beaten me today. That's racing.”

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July 22, 2015 9:01 PM
Last Edited 87 days ago

The most naturally talented rider Britain ever produced, if he had the right connections to get himself on a decent WC bike he'd win there too. and Im not over looking Jonny Rea, he's the real deal too. So obvious when you look at riders like 67 and JR you can see the natural talent, big difference.

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