Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Byrne battles issues for dominant double

Shane Byrne has notched up a dominant double victory at Brands Hatch but says he had to battle against a lack of front-end feeling.
Full BSB race two results from Brands Hatch

Shane Byrne has notched up a dominant double victory race weekend at Brands Hatch but says he had to battle against a lack of front-end feeling and a pair of uncharacteristic poor starts.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider has extended his MCE British Superbike championship lead to 25 points over Leon Haslam, while he has now notched up 37 podium credits to the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider's 23, after taking a maiden double victory weekend since switching to Ducati machinery over the winter.

Despite the perfect results at his home event Byrne conceded the race pace and performances was far from flawless as he continued to be hampered by a lack of front-end feel on corner entry which became exposed by his slow starts off the line in both races which saw him drop through the pack.

“That was a particularly difficult weekend in some aspects,” Byrne said. “All weekend I had said we hadn't quite hit the nail on the head in terms of feeling with the bike. We had a good feeling in morning warm-up and lap time was good so I was happy.

“Then we had to change the bike because there was an issue with it for race one and I didn't feel comfortable at all and I made a few mistakes struggling with front-end feeling again. I didn't feel I had the ability to jam it up the inside of people.

“For race two Giovanni [Crupi – Byrne's crew chief] made some changes which made the bike better. I went with everyone off the line but didn't get a good start and found myself down in 11th.

“I don't think we envisaged the weekend being as hard as it has been but ultimately we reaped the rewards and it is great to have our first double win but it was far easy. We need to concentrate, work hard on the settings. We have somewhere to start from for Cadwell Park which is good.”

Byrne's recent run of form of six wins in the last nine races has seen him take the BSB championship lead off of Haslam and steadily build a useful advantage with one eye on the Showdown. BSB returns to action in three weeks at Cadwell Park before the regular season finale at Oulton Park in September ahead of the three-round Showdown.
by Haydn Cobb

Tagged as: Byrne , Shane Byrne

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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, BSB [Credit:]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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August 08, 2016 1:51 PM

I have always liked Byrne but is it just me or is he always whining about something now. Last year was when i first noticed it when brookes was beating him it was his bikes fault. but the kawasaki has and still is the bike to beat over the last few years. And now even though he got the double there is still a moan. I use to like hearing what he had to say now i can't be bothered

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