Shane Byrne says the rate of development and adaptability he's found with the Be Wiser Ducati has enabled him to find a stronger set-up over a race weekend as he notched up a half-century of poles in the MCE British Superbike championship.
The four-time BSB champion blitzed his rivals in qualifying at Assen by bolting to pole position with a series lap record of 1m 35.724s – a time which would have placed the Be Wiser Ducati rider second on the grid when drawn alongside the World Superbike qualifying times at the Dutch track from April.
The pole position was Byrne's 50th of his career in the championship and he paid credit to his team for finding quick solutions to his set-up problems from Friday practice, despite being one-tenth off the top time at the end of FP2.
“At the beginning of the season we would turn up to some tracks and have to turn the bike inside out while struggling to get a good feeling with the bike,” Byrne said. “In those early races in meant being down in 10th or worse but yesterday the feeling was the same as that but we were only one-tenth off the fastest lap.
“That showed the progress we've made this year and Giovanni made some changes – I'm not quite sure but it feels very similar to as it did at Thruxton – it seemed to work and I felt much more confident in the sessions. I felt a lot more confident in the sessions, we've tried both tyres, so overall I'm very happy.”