Byrne: A lot of fun.

Shane Byrne has moved to within ten points of Tom Sykes in the overall World Superbike standings after posting two solid top ten finishes for Sterilgarda Ducati at Magny-Cours.

The Briton had been slightly disappointed with his ninth place starting position in Superpole but was then forced to make up ground in race one when a poor start left him down in 11th initially.

Nonetheless, Byrne was able to get involved in an enjoyable scrap for seventh with Yukio Kagayama, Troy Corser and Jakub Smrz, the reigning British Superbike Champion getting past the latter two but being unable to unseat the Suzuki rider.

A similar situation greeted Byrne during the second encounter after becoming embroiled in a race long battle with his former BSB rival, the pair swapping positions for sixth and seventh repeatedly before Kagayama eventually got the edge.

Nonetheless, Byrne was pleased with his performance and is now looking forward to Portimao, where he made headlines earlier in the year by dominating pre-season testing.

“I had a lot of fun in both races. I'd like to congratulate the team who have done a great job after yesterday when I really didn't get a good feeling from the front of the bike.

“In race two, me and Kagayama kept overtaking each other. I gave it my all in both races but it seemed like the second one was taking forever. Now we'll end the season at Portimao, on a track where our bike can certainly perform much better".

"We were the best private Ducati in both races yet again which means we're doing a very good job,” added team manager Marco Borciani. “Shakey was fantastic today and with these results he ensured his ninth place in the standings, just behind Sykes.”

Tagged as: Ducati , Magny-Cours , Shane Byrne

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Richard Mushet

October 06, 2009 11:51 AM

A couple of good rides by Shakey. That second race battle with Yukio was a cracker. They were knocking lumps out of each other and swapping paint everywhere, then as soon as they were over the line a quick handshake and well done to each other. You just don't see that in many other sports and that's one of the many reasons I love this sport.

James Lawson - Unregistered

October 06, 2009 1:32 PM

**** off No 67 "He should vanish back to your poor old BSB where a good bike will help mask his inherent lack of talent" . The reason he looks so called "average" this year is due to the lack of development / testing on this years bike. I also think its worth a mention that he is also a ROOKIE this year and hasnt been to half the tracks . I understand that he's 32 but dont make out he's useless . With the right team, bike and testing he could be a championship contender .

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