Shane Byrne heads to this weekend's latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with the opportunity to wrap up the title three rounds early.
Such has been Byrne success this season – he has finished off the podium only once -, he comes to the latest round at Croft clutching a 110 point lead over Tom Sykes, meaning that if he leaves the circuit with a three figure margin over his rivals, he will be crowned champion.
Naturally, Byrne is excited about the prospect of making the championship a formality with rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch remaining, although his first concern is to keep the strong results ticking over for Airwaves Ducati.
“I am really looking forward to this weekend; obviously winning the championship at Croft is a possibility, and that would be fantastic, however I and the rest of the Airwaves Ducati team will be focused on the job at hand - which is to get as good a result as possible.
“Croft is not a favourite circuit of mine but I don't dislike it either; it has not been particularly kind to me in the past but hopefully my luck might change there this year! I know I can't afford to drop more than 10 points to Tom Sykes, so first up we are going to have to work hard to get the Airwaves Ducati to the front and then think about wrapping up the championship after that.”
Buoyed by his strong performance at Cadwell Park, Leon Camier heads to Croft eager to show a similar level of form. Adding that he has made a big step forward on the bike, he is confident he can challenge for at least a podium.
“With the progress we made over the weekend at Cadwell Park, I'm feeling really confident heading to Croft. We've worked hard to make a big step forward with the set-up on the Airwaves Ducati.
“I also feel that I am riding well so I'm looking forward to racing at the front of the field once again. I was disappointed not to have made it on to the podium last time out so I will kick up a gear for the Airwaves Ducati team at Croft.”