Byrne: I could have won second race.

Shane Byrne admits he was surprised by the Airwaves Ducati's relative lack of pace in the latest Bennetts British Superbike round at Cadwell Park, even if he maintains that he would have won the second race had it not been shortened.

Byrne came to the Lincolnshire circuit expecting his 1098 to be suited well to its crests and troughs, just as Ducatis have been in the past, but while he was never outside the top five during free practice and qualifying, he didn't top a single session over the weekend.

Nonetheless, a pair of third places still kept the points ticking over for Byrne, while he insists that his late charge in the second race would have seen him win had it not been shortened by three laps due to a delay in the schedule.

“I really like Cadwell Park and I thought it would be a good circuit for us on the Airwaves Ducati but it's actually been a tough weekend. We've had to work so much harder and make a lot of changes from session to session but all credit to the Airwaves Ducati team for helping me get two podiums today.

“I really want to get back on that top step and I think that had the second race been the original 18 laps I could have won. Nevertheless I'm looking forward to Croft and hopefully taking the momentum and the pace from race two with us.”

Maintaining a 110 point lead over Tom Sykes now, Byrne heads to Croft with a chance to wrap up the 2008 title early. He needs to maintain a 101 point buffer between himself and the chasing masses in order to confirm himself as BSB Champion for this year.

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67. Shane Byrne Airwaves Ducati, Ducati 1098R F08, celebrates win with champagne
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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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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]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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jock _ turd - Unregistered

August 26, 2008 7:57 PM

1098 Ducati what a steaming pile of dog poo. It's an eff'n 1198 factory prepared 100%racing machine, :rolleyes: you could not buy one even if you wanted to. When are people going to realise the contest is rigged for Ducati in exactly the same way that WSBK is.

Nitro Nori

August 26, 2008 9:38 PM
Last Edited 3224 days ago

jock-turd... Have you ever thought of using some punctuation in your sentences ? Some full stops and commas wouldn't go a miss. I had to read your last post nine times before it made any sense !!!

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