Despite pulling out a 27-point lead in the MCE British Superbike Showdown Shane Byrne is taking nothing for granted at Assen as he looks to fortify his position with five races remaining.
The four-time BSB champion moved into prime position last time out with a dominant double victory at Donington Park but heading to the penultimate round Byrne is remaining quietly confident at a circuit he's had contrasting fortunes at.
Byrne won the first race when BSB made its debut at the Dutch circuit in 2012 on his way to his third title, plus a second win in 2014 ahead of claiming his fourth championship, but in between the triumphs he has suffered two DNFs while missing the podium on both occasions at Assen last year.
“Obviously Donington Park was a dream start to the Showdown really, we went in three points down and came out 27 points ahead,” Byrne said. “However, I know how quickly it can turn around – we have seen that before. It is important for us to just keep our heads down.
“Yes, we have an advantage but 27 points is nowhere near enough to win the championship with five races still to go and nobody is going to just give me title number five.”
Byrne is primarily focused on adding to his wins tally, having already reached the top step of the rostrum on nine occasions this year with Be Wiser Ducati, but is also prepared to manage is championship lead to nearest rival Leon Haslam.
“We need to approach the weekend in the right way; the same way we do every weekend,” he said. “We need to be scoring wins and minimise losing any points to Leon after the two races. I have been training hard and I feel ready to try and add to that tally this weekend.”