Byrne laments strength of factory rivals

Shane Byrne has apologised to his team for being unable to put together two stronger results for Sterilgarda Ducati on home ground after suffering a crash in race one.

Having qualified in seventh position, Byrne ran as high as sixth in the first race and was in contention for a top five finish, only for him to fall out of contention on lap nine with a tumble at Tosa on lap nine.

Nonetheless, a 'determined' Byrne struck back in race two, capitalising on a strong start to run fourth in the early stages ahead of Jonathan Rea, Ben Spies and Marco Simoncelli.

However, while he was able to keep all three at bay for some time, Byrne admits the might of the factory packages meant he couldn't resist them to the chequered flag, the reigning British champion being forced to settle for seventh.

"I'm sorry for race one,” he lamented. “I really wanted to do well, especially for the team on their home track. That's why I was even more determined at the start of race two.

“I did climb a few positions but unfortunately the factory bikes were very strong and that's basically the reason I couldn't finish on top. Now we're going to Magny-Cours where we can definitely do well.”

Tagged as: Ducati , Byrne , Sterilgarda , Imola

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VRob - Unregistered

September 28, 2009 8:36 PM

To the pathetic little c**t that just posted the last comment :- Do you really think people are that stupid to believe Nitro Nori would post a comment like that about Shakey after all he's written on here about him over the last couple of seasons ? You might not agree with everything he's said, and to be honest I don't agree with 100% of it either (most of it but not all), and I'm not a particularly huge Byrne fan (although I don't dislike him either) and can see where he's been short-changed this season in terms of machinery. But at least have the balls to post under your own name for Christ's sake. And what makes Shakey a 'muppet' exactly ? Grow up for f**k sake or s0d off...


September 28, 2009 11:09 PM

Seems like there's more than one 'VRob' on this board as I didn't post that previous comment. The price you pay for being unregistered I suppose - now fixed. For what it's worth though, I agree with the 'other' VRob's sentiments: Shakey is neither a muppet nor very sad. And if he went back to BSB next year I reckon it would be a real shame. A spot in the proposed satellite Aprilia squad next year perhaps?

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