Silverstone Grand Prix: Byrne: Bitter pill to swallow

Shane Byrne has vented his frustration after losing more ground in the British Superbike title race after feeling powerless to stop Josh Brookes.
Shane Byrne has vented his frustration at an underwhelming penultimate round in the MCE British Superbike championship after feeling powerless to prevent Josh Brookes from taking complete control in the title race.

The PBM Kawasaki rider trails Brookes by 47 points with three races remaining at the Brands Hatch season finale after losing ground to the Milwaukee Yamaha rider at Silverstone who took another dominant double victory.

Despite Byrne's best efforts he could only manage second and fifth place finishes and admits he wasn't able to put up enough of a fight for the title.

“I know exactly what it takes to win championships, I have won two championships in the Showdown format and unfortunately what we had at Assen wasn't good enough and it took us all weekend to get up to pace here at Silverstone but things could of been different,” Byrne said. “But could've, would've, should've and didn't do not count.

“We got a strong second place and pole position for race two and I was quite confident with a couple of small tweaks to the bike we could sit at the front and run the pace. I think two or three laps in a big problem developed with the bike and there was nothing that myself or PBM could do to change that.

“The fighter in me gave 110% until the end of the race but the realist in me wanted to give up after five laps as I knew I wasn't going forward. That is the frustrating and bitter pill to swallow.”

Byrne has refused to rule himself out of the BSB title fight but says he'll need to rely on misfortune hitting Brookes to give him a fair crack at an unprecedented fifth title.

“We are good enough to win races, we proved that a couple of rounds ago, we got close to doing that again in race one with everything thrown against us,” he said. “It is not where me or PBM want to be but we will get to Brands Hatch now, the pressure is off, try and enjoy it and we will try to win three races, and mother luck can work the rest out.”

The PBM Kawasaki rider, who signed a new contract to remain with the team for 2016 this weekend, may take solace from 2014's Showdown finale when Ryuichi Kiyonari was cruelly denied his shot at the title after breaking his collarbone and Byrne duly clinched his fourth BSB honour.

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David Walker

October 06, 2015 12:31 PM

There's no doubting shakey's still got the speed. Excuses or not, somethings not quite right with the bike at the minute, as he doesn't qualify in 10th, or not make q1 without problems. Anyone saying he hasn't got the speed and should retire are likely haters. Like it or not, if Shakey's in the paddock on a decent bike, if you want to BSB champ, you have to beat him and if you do you have earned it. Josh has been trying for long enough to beat shakey over a season and if he does it this year, he will know he has earned it through hard work and that he is a better rider for it too.

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