Byrne satisfied with top ten return

Shane Byrne has climbed his way to 13th in the overall World Superbike standings after recording another pair of solid finishes in the latest round at Assen.

After suffering problems in qualifying to start 14th, Byrne was hopeful of launching a top ten challenge, but fell just short in the first race of the day, battling with – and beating – Karl Muggeridge to finish in 11th position.

Nonetheless, despite getting caught up in Muggeridge's accident early on, improved pace in the second encounter saw Byrne on the cusp of the battle for fifth position, the Sterilgarda Ducati rider eventually snatching eighth position off Max Neukirchner for only his third top ten finish this year.

Despite his improved performance over a race distance, Byrne was frustrated to have had his weekend defined by his struggles in free practice and qualifying.

“Unfortunately practice influences the race a little bit too much. We have to improve the machine because once again my racing pace was very good. I got a good clean start for the first time this season - finally there was no incident in front of me!

“Nonetheless, I lost contact with the leading pack due to Muggeridge's crash. I had to push harder and did overtake Neukirchner. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake just when I was going faster and I couldn't pass Checa. As a consequence, I lost the opportunity to finish seventh.”

With Byrne tipped to compete in the latest round of the CIV Italian Superbike Championship at Monza in preparation for the next WSBK round, team manager Marco Borciani is eager to improve for their home event.

“We'll get back to work starting next week as we have to improve where necessary. We're eager to do well in front of our fans at Monza in the next round. We could've gotten a better result in race two though. Unfortunately, the outcome of the practice sessions was not the one we had expected.”

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April 27, 2009 10:43 PM

Some of you Brits are a fickle bunch! All I've been hearing the last couple of years is how great BSB is and how much better it is than AMA and the AMA guys suck blah, blah, blah. Now your 2 time champ and defending champ is not lighting the world on fire so he's garbage, can't cut it, and not world class - after only the 4th round! Truth be told the team doesn't have any money. Biaggi brought money to the team and Xaus bought his on bikes last year. See what happen to Shakey's teammate? And on the flip side, only a hand full of you guys liked Haslam. He was always beat up almost daily by the majority and now everyone is in love with him. Boy, how times have change..............

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