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Byrne misses out on securing title.

Shane Byrne admitted he was disappointed not to wrap up the 2008 Bennetts British Superbike Championship title in the tenth round of the season at Croft.

The Airwaves Ducati man went into the weekend aware that if he could maintain the points advantage he held heading to the North East, he would head to Silverstone for the penultimate weekend of racing having already wrapped up the crown.

Despite injuring his shoulder in a fall during Friday practice, 'Shakey' qualified in third place for the opening race and ran in fourth until he lost out to team-mate Leon Camier at the Hairpin on lap eight.

While Camier continued to make progress through to the front and ultimately went on to take his second win of the campaign, Byrne battled ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes into third place, but a forceful move from Sykes on the final lap saw him run wide at the Hairpin and drop back to fifth.

The opening lap of race two saw Byrne drop to tenth place but a fine recovery ride saw him storm through the field to fourth with a series of blistering laps, but he was unable to find a way past Crutchlow to secure the final podium place.

"It's been a bad day at the office for me!" he said. "I am gutted that I didn't get on the podium in either race and I am disappointed not to have wrapped up the championship here at Croft.

"In race one I worked hard to get myself up to third however I was pushed very wide on the final corner and driven back to fifth. It was gutting but it got me really fired up for race two, however that didn't go to plan either and although I was lapping fast I couldn't catch the front guys and had to settle for fourth. It has been a frustrating weekend but I'll now focus on Silverstone and hopefully take the championship for Airwaves Ducati there."

Byrne now leads by 94 points, with a maximum of 100 points available in the remaining four races.


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stan - Unregistered

September 14, 2008 11:10 PM

In the first silerstone race shakey can lose 19 and wrap it up, he only lost 14 point in a nightmare weekend at croft so really not so bad. I wonder how many other teams would be crying about sykes's last ditch pass if shakey did it to them?

1098RH - Unregistered

September 15, 2008 1:45 PM

I think a penalty will definitely be imposed by MSVR. Shakey will have to carry another 2st at Silverstone, to push him right down the field, so that Jonathan Palmer can drag more unsuspecting punters through the Brands Hatch turnstiles, rather than have the non-event he's so desperately tried to avoid.



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