Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Byrne not prepared to give up BSB title

Shane Byrne says anything less than three wins at Brands Hatch will only be enough to fight back against Josh Brookes in the British Superbike title decider.
Shane Byrne says if Josh Brookes does wrap up the MCE British Superbike title at Brands Hatch it will feel like he lost it over the season rather than beaten to it by the Milwaukee Yamaha rider.

The defending BSB champion is not relenting in his charge for a fifth title but with a 47-point deficit to Brookes his chances appear slim, and the Australian can take the crown if he outscores Byrne by three points in the triple-header opener on Saturday.

Consequently, Byrne has set himself the goal of a clean sweep of wins at the Kent track and says if he does miss out on the championship he won't feel like he was beaten by the Australian.

“The target can be nothing less than three wins at Brands Hatch. Potentially we may lose the championship this year but if that happens I feel like we lost it, we didn't get beaten to it,” Byrne said. “At the moment it is incredibly difficult to get near, but we will come back stronger because I don't like being P2. I will be giving it my all to win all three races and see what happens from there.

“I didn't turn into a dolloper overnight in the same way that my rival didn't turn into Valentino Rossi overnight so we need to do a lot so we can try and win these final three races.”

In a season which has seen huge momentum swings with JG Speefit Kawasaki's James Ellison claiming three of the four opening wins before Byrne notched up four consecutive victories at Snetterton and Oulton. However, his charge was halted as Brookes who unlocked the winning combination from the new Yamaha R1 to claim 11 victories in the past 13 races.

Byrne says various technical issues have hampered his progress over the second half of the BSB campaign and after a complete bike rebuild ahead of the last round of the regular season at Oulton Park appeared to be back on form with two wins at the triple-header.

However, tyre wear problems wrecked his title fight at Silverstone and says he'll be focusing on his own race at Brands Hatch and hopes for a change in fortunes this weekend.

“We are not in the best of places but having won two championships under the Showdown format I know exactly what I need to do in order to win championships, but things just haven't been going our way,” he said. “That said, I am not one to dwell on bad results and the first race at Silverstone was good and I enjoyed it a lot.

“The team have regrouped and we will be doing everything possible to come back in the best possible shape for Brands Hatch.”

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October 13, 2015 8:23 PM

"but if that happens I feel like we lost it, we didn't get beaten to it" "but things just haven't been going our way" Is Byrne trying to take a leaf out of Lorenzo's book of excuses? He's been beaten so far and possibly for the title by an incredibly consistent rider on a very consistent and improving bike, who can if he wants let Byrne go and win the 3 races while trotting around to get the few points required.


October 13, 2015 11:47 PM

anon7 I would say Byrne's being a little worse than Lorenzo. Lorenzo's been fast all season every session. Byrne hasn't. However both Brookes and Rossi have been super consistent and both deserve the title. I'm a little biased because I find Byrne to be very arrogant. Lorenzo can be but he can be, he's a 4 time World Champ, Byrne stays in BSB because he couldn't hack it in MotoGP or SBK.

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