Knockhill: Byrne remains grounded with Ducati progress

Shane Byrne says Be Wiser Ducati will remain steadfast with its progress on the Panigale R and isn't counting on his impressive Knockhill record
Shane Byrne says his Be Wiser Ducati squad will remain steadfast with its progress on the Panigale R and despite his impressive record at Knockhill isn't expecting to dominate at the Scottish track.

Knockhill has represented a happy hunting ground for the four-time MCE British Superbike champion in recent years – claiming six wins in his past seven races at the home of Scottish motorsport – but with strong competition Byrne doesn't see the same results a straightforward conclusion.

Byrne has been rapidly developing the Ducati and enjoyed a breakthrough at Brands Hatch Indy by claiming a maiden victory in race two.

After recent tests both at Knockhill and Snetterton the 39-year-old is keen to focus on the development programme at this stage of the season while looking to take advantage of any opportunities available for further wins.

“It's very important that we get to Knockhill with our feet firmly on the ground,” Byrne said. “We tested up there recently which will help, and we won our first race of the season last time out, but keeping our heads down and pushing to the maximum is the only way we'll keep progressing.

“I've won six of the last seven races at Knockhill and another win or two would go down a treat although I'm sure that'll be as difficult as always, but after a nice relaxing family holiday, I'm ready to go.”

With a healthy helping of podium credits thanks to his race two win at Brands Hatch, Byrne is in a comfortable position to make the top six Showdown currently second overall, three points behind BSB championship leader Leon Haslam.

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