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Byrne out to break losing `streak`.

Shane Byrne is out to break his longest losing streak of the 2008 British Superbike season - having been beaten in the last three races - as the series heads north of the border to Knockhill this weekend.

Not that the runaway title leader needs to feel particularly concerned by his recent victory drought - the 2003 champion has already opened up a huge 99 point advantage over nearest rival Cal Crutchlow heading into round eight of twelve.

Nevertheless, Byrne and his Airwaves Ducati team are driven by winning and, no matter what the current championship advantage, will be aiming for a double race victory on Sunday.

"I came away from the last round quite frustrated as I really wanted to get another win for the Airwaves Ducati team, but it's made me more determined to kick up a gear and get back onto the top step of the podium," said Shakey, who has won eight of the 14 races so far this season.

"I've worked with my engineer on the gearing of my 1098R so I'm confident we'll have a good set up for the weekend. I've also been training really hard over the past couple of weeks so I'm feeling in great shape which is going to be really important over these last few rounds of the championship," he added.

Byrne took two third places last time out at Oulton Park, which followed on from a second position to Michael Rutter in race two at Mallory.

Meanwhile, following a heavy fall during qualifying at Oulton, team-mate Leon Camier pulled out of the event and is looking to put that disappointment behind him as he seeks to advance upwards from fifth in the championship standings.

"Oulton Park was a massive disappointment for me but since the moment we decided not to race, my focus has been on getting back aboard the Airwaves Ducati," said Camier, a debut BSB race winner at Snetterton.

"It's been good to have a few weeks off to fully recover but I'm glad to be heading to Knockhill. It's a circuit that I am confident the Airwaves Ducati can perform well at. My aim this weekend is to get my championship back on track so I need to secure some strong results for the team and get onto the podium," he added.


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67. Shane Byrne Airwaves Ducati, Ducati 1098R F08
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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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feather - Unregistered

August 07, 2008 10:35 PM

How many idiots can post on here (above).. Im a huge paul bird fan, but these are the facts, the bike wasnt great, some tracks it was quick, in my opinion the two best riders in britain last year on that bike, byrne and sykes, on **** dunlops, while hm plant honda was on michelin made soley for them. So get ya facts straight, you have hm plant honda with huge budgets, paul birds vent axia stobbart honda, smaller budget, and hadnt won anything for years, hm plant honda with HRC backing, and tyres to suit there bike.

Ian - Unregistered

August 06, 2008 8:14 PM

Even when he doesn''t win (which is not often these days) he still manages podium spots. There''s a bunch of riders out there who wouldn''t be too upset with that kind of ''losing streak''!



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