Byrne wants to push for race wins

Shane Byrne believes he and the Althea Ducati are capable of race wins together in 2010 following a much improved performance in Portugal
Shane Byrne says his season is heading in the right direction, despite admitting to being satisfied, rather than pleased, with his sixth and seventh place results in Portugal.

Joining Althea Racing counterpart Carlos Checa in out-pacing the factory Ducati Xerox team throughout race day, Byrne proved competitive in the early stages of both races, but would fade in the later laps.

Indeed, Byrne admits he was unable to get his 1198 working perfectly, while he was also struggling for full fitness following a high-speed off prior to Superpole on Saturday.

“In race one the setting of my 1198 was not quite right and I was not able to push to the max, also because I'm still not 100 per cent fit. Before race two my technicians worked hard on my Ducati and it was a lot better for that race.

Nonetheless, Byrne is certain of the bike's potential and is now looking forward to the next race in Spain after proving fast there during pre-season testing.

“I am satisfied with the results even though I know that myself and my bike have the potential to do better and to push for race wins. Now we move on to Valencia. We tested there over the winter and I am sure that we will be able to further improve and fight for the positions that count.”

Pictured: Byrne's accident during Q2 on Saturday

Tagged as: Ducati , Althea , Byrne

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Dice - Unregistered

March 29, 2010 8:51 PM

Ha ha Even staunch supporters like Charley Farley are wishing that the No67 will disappear off the grid by the end of the season ... Dont worry Charley, Shakey's making sure that will happen!

merc240 - Unregistered

March 29, 2010 7:54 PM

No... he hasn't made anyone disappear. You don't desert a 2 x BSB champ and former WSBK race winner ovenight. We're still here supporting him - we just can't be 4rsed to waste energy replying to the monotone b011ox that 67 trots out. He's on the same points as Toseland and Crutchlow, but I don't see anyone slagging them off to the same degree as Shakey gets from that complete C**K No.67. At least he's finished all 4 races so far (unlike superboy Toseland). Flying off a bike at 130mph twice in 4 weeks isn't the best prep for a race at this level. You only need to be slightly stiff on the bike when moving around and thats enough to make 6th the best you can muster. He'll be up there, no probs

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