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Byrne: There is more to improve on.

Shane Byrne believes there is more to come from himself and Sterilgarda Ducati as he fired a significant warning shot to his rivals by topping the timesheets in Portugal for the second day in succession.

Having seemingly mastered the Portimao circuit, Byrne was once again the rider to beat as track conditions began to resemble those that greeted the riders during the final round of the 2008 World Superbike season nearly three months ago.

Sitting out the damp morning session, Byrne grabbed the quickest time of the day in the afternoon with a lap that also undercut Troy Bayliss' short lived record around the circuit. Furthermore, the lap was done on Pirelli race tyres and not qualifying rubber.

Nonetheless, despite his success so far, Byrne is confident that there is more speed to find from the semi-private 1098R.

"I have an excellent feeling with the bike at the moment, but there is still a good amount to improve upon. Today I have concentrated on different solutions for the bike and through this I was able to set the fastest time of the session.

"We still have a day of testing to go where we will continue to try and prepare for the first round of the season.”


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Woody - Unregistered

January 25, 2009 7:35 PM

Shakey is class act and is true professional. The only problem I can see is Ducati! They have been known to hold back parts so there top sponser has the advantage. They cripped Franki just because he prefered the 998 frame to the 999.

Nitro Nori

January 25, 2009 8:50 PM
Last Edited 2874 days ago

Agreed. But Shakey does actually work directly for Ducati, not Sterilgarda. That might have a bearing on how quickly he gets factory parts, especially if Haga and Fabrizio aren't delivering (although Haga is already there or there abouts in terms of times). Also, don't rule out Shakey already being on a 'disguised' F09 !!! You know what Ducati are like...



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