While he hasn't won a race since Mallory Park, Shane Byrne ended an even longer drought in qualifying for the final British Superbike round at Brands Hatch by claiming his first pole position in four months.
A surprising revelation given his new champion status, Byrne has been consistent, rather than prolific, in recent races. Nonetheless, he looked every inch the dominant force in qualifying aboard the Airwaves Ducati.
Searing to pole position by three tenths of the second over Leon Haslam, an achievement in itself given the Indy configuration of the Kent circuit, Byrne was delighted to see the 'number one' alongside his name once again.
“I'm so pleased to be starting on pole for my last race weekend with Airwaves Ducati. In first qualifying we made sure we did just enough to get us through to the next stage but I pushed harder in second qualifying and was really happy with our consistent pace.
Despite being unable to score a pole position since the Snetterton round back in June, Byrne has been off the front row just once this year. However, with qualifying over with for one season, Byrne is turning his attention to the races – and he is desperate to complete his time in BSB and with GSE Racing by claiming a double win.
“In the final session I felt under pressure to get my lap time down further as I really wanted to get pole; the team's hard work really paid off! I'm going to be pushing 100% to finish a fantastic season with a victory tomorrow.”