Shane Byrne says he is pleased with his race pace, if not his results, after admitting a starting position of 18th leaves him with too much work to do in a field of quality riders.
Byrne went into the 2010 World Superbike season opener with high hopes after an impressive showing during testing, but an accident during free practice hindered his progress in Superpole, leaving him a lowly 18th on the grid.
Determined to fight his way through the field in the races, Byrne started well in race one before an error at Honda forced him to play catch up once again. He would eventually finish 14th.
“The first race I made it was very difficult for myself, I knew I had to make as many passes as possible to get near the front. I pushed to pass Guintoli and Sykes and couldn't make it, so had to go straight. A small problem with the rear brake and it was hard to turn, but anyway I recovered and had good rhythm so I was happy with it, though not so happy with the result."
Byrne fared better in the second race, but while he would finish the race just three seconds from sixth, he could only get as high as 12th.
"There are too many fast riders to be able to start from 18th and expect a good finish, but I got up as far as about tenth place which wasn't so bad, having been caught up in battles with several riders.
“Today we have seen that there are many riders that can fight for race wins, the level of riding is very good. We go home and concentrate on preparations for Portimao.”
Byrne also took the time to congratulate team-mate Carlos Checa
and his Althea Ducati team for their victory in race two.
“The first thing to say about race two is congratulations to Carlos and to the whole team for the win. Genesio and the team have put together a very competitive machine.”