Oulton Park: Mixed weather hampers Byrne’s charge

Shane Byrne felt his Be Wiser Ducati squad didn't get the luck with the mixed weather conditions and on different set-up it ultimately curtailed his charge.
Shane Byrne felt his Be Wiser Ducati squad didn't get the luck with the mixed weather conditions and on different set-up it ultimately curtailed his charge to the front.

On his 300th race start in the MCE British Superbike championship Byrne's crash in Q2 of qualifying forced him to start way down in 18th and despite a gallant charge up the pack he couldn't bridge the gap to the leaders to finish 8th.

A sudden rain shower moments before the sighting laps for race two threw up a variety of tyre strategies on the damp but drying track and Byrne's confidence on the intermediate tyres was crushed when the track dried up much faster than expected, hamstringing his race pace to finish sixth and over 17 seconds off surprise winner Richard Cooper.

After being forced to miss the in-season Oulton Park test due to noise restrictions, which the Ducati Panigale R breaks, the four-time BSB champion's task was complicated with the unpredictable track conditions and he felt it never gave him a fair shot at the top three spots.

“Being my 300th race start it was a big weekend for me and also for the team with it being their local circuit as we always get a strong following and having missed the test last week, we knew it would be tricky for us,” Byrne said. “The changeable weather obviously didn't help and the first race was a bit of a disaster to be honest.

“After the problems in qualifying, we tried a different wet setting but the track dried really quickly and the set-up we had didn't suit the conditions.

“In the second race, I opted for intermediate tyres and after the two sighting laps, I thought we'd hit the nail on the head but I was astonished at how quickly the track dried up, more than I've ever known it do before. Sixth and eighth places aren't ideal but Brands Hatch next time out is traditionally a good circuit for both me and the team.”

Byrne has slipped to second in the BSB riders' championship after Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon claimed two second place finishes at Oulton Park, while Michael Laverty and Leon Haslam have closed to within a handful of points on the Be Wiser Ducati rider.

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May 05, 2016 12:29 PM

@ Trumpet - because there are a lot of idiots on here, that's why. Think it's been quite refreshing this year not having Byrne on the podium every single race - nothing against the old boy, just nice to see new faces getting more chances up the sharp end. Not necessarily new faces to the paddock, just not the ones we normally see on the podium.

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