Byrne pleased with pace, less so with results

Shane Byrne signalled his frustration at being unable to translate strong race pace into a better result at Miller Motorsports Park, the reigning BSB champion finishing tenth and eleventh.

Having qualified on the front two rows for the first time this season in Superpole, a poor start in the opening race saw Byrne plummet from sixth to 16th in the early stages, the Briton improving to 13th before the red flags were produced.

Competing under an aggregate format for the restart, Byrne fought his way back into the top ten on the road, passing Noriyuki Haga in the process, but it was only enough to move him up to 11th in the final classification.

The second race started better for Byrne, the Sterilgarda Ducati in the hunt for a spot on the podium. However, an error on lap five dropped him to the back of field, prompting a fine comeback ride that would get him up to tenth by the chequered flag.

While Byrne was disappointed with the results on paper, he was otherwise pleased with comfortably his most competitive weekend of the year so far.

"I had a good pace in both races. Unfortunately, I didn't have a good start in race 1 and made a mistake in the second one. I certainly could've done better.

"However, we have to look on the bright side. We were very effective in practice and constantly fast in race. We have to keep it up and be more competitive.”

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Dale - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 8:50 PM

LOL fanboy, 'Nitro' is Shakey's own personal pompom girl / excuse machine / etc, & he will attack anyone who states the obvious - that Byrne is a waste of a good ride. Marco is spending 1.2mil euros on that team & isnt running a second bike that is cutting into 'Shakey's' bike expenses, so Byrne is FAR better off than Regis was or Smrz is. This weekend Shakey rewarded Marco with a 10th & 11th. WOW, the world must really have sat up & noticed that! Especially considering those positions were courtesy of Haga's injuries, Hacking taking out Parkes, Haslam & Checa falling, etc. However, I do admire how faithful 'Nitro' is to Byrne ... despite his on-track performances.

nitrosg@y 4 Shakey - Unregistered

June 03, 2009 8:15 PM

And of course Troy would never be buttering up the british(london) press about a british (london) rider now would he . And whats the bets the question was " Whos goona fill your seat troy? do you think our ducati rider shakey could?" and an embarest Troy says " Err yes of course, we're all talkin bout him, number 1 for my seat, best rider ever etc etc"

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