Shane Byrne insists he is feeling nothing more than sore despite suffering a heavy crash in the latest Bennetts British Superbike round at Knockhill.
The Airwaves Ducati rider was leading the second race of the day around the Scottish circuit when it is believed he struck oil coming into the first corner.
Hitting the tarmac hard as he came down, Byrne got some considerable air as he struck the gravel trap, the championship leader being flung into the tyre barrier at frightening speed.
However, although he was removed from the circuit inside the back of an ambulance and taken to the medical centre, Byrne claims to simply be sore and ready to return to training in the next couple of days.
“I got a really good start and knew that I needed to get away as early as possible. I was feeling really comfortable on the Airwaves Ducati but saw from my pit board that the gap to the guys behind was up and down all the time.
“I came into turn one and as soon as I touched the brake I was down. It was a really strange crash because everything felt normal right up until that point. I'm feeling sore but I'll be back training in a couple of days preparing for Cadwell Park.”
Considered to have caused the red flag, Byrne was therefore not counted in the final results and as such suffers his first retirement of the season. In fact, retirement in that race also signals the first time he has not featured on the podium this season having finished second in the earlier race for his 15th rostrum on the trot.
And yet despite the retirement, Byrne has still extended his championship lead, with 110 points now the margin back to Cal Crutchlow with eight races to go and 200 points up for grabs.