Shane Byrne has progressed another position in the overall standings after just missing out on a podium finish during the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno.

The Sterilgarda Ducati rider overcame a bad start in both races to work himself back into contention, the reigning British Superbike champion catching and passing Troy Corser in the latter stages of race one to finish in fourth position.

Although he couldn't quite match that in race two after getting caught up in a battle with Tom Sykes and Jakub Smrz, eighth place means Byrne has risen to another new high of ninth in the standings.

"I'm happy with race one, not so much with the second," he said. "However, I established myself as one of the top riders. In race one everything went smoothly but in race two I got stuck in the pack where we overtook each other several times and this slowed us down.

"I could've finished seventh but I made a mistake in the last lap when I was attacking Sykes who eventually overtook me."

Now just two positions behind where Max Biaggi finished overall in 2008, team manager Marco Borciani is pleased to see his rider coming good after such a difficult start to the year.

"I enjoyed Shakey's performance in race 1 when he missed the podium by a few seconds. We're ninth in the standings now and the only private team with a rider in the top positions but we know we can do better. Now we have the summer break to keep on working so that we can do well at Nurburgring too in September."


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