The MonsterMob Ducati pairing of Superbike star Shane Byrne and defending Supersport champion Stuart Easton head for round three of their respective championships at Thruxton this Easter weekend in determined mood after mixed fortunes last time out.

26-year-old Byrne extended his lead at the top of the series despite tyre problems in race one which relegated him to second place when he had a comfortable lead, but 'Shakey' made amends by easily winning race two to stretch the gap to a healthy 27 points.

"The double win can't be far off and right now, all I'm concentrating on doing is winning races. Thruxton is one of my favourite tracks and I won there last year so I'll be hoping for more success. If I can continue to build a lead, the championship will look after itself," said the Minster, Kent rider.

Meanwhile, team-mate Easton is fired up after the disappointment of retiring in the Snetterton race with a misfire. Then, the 18-year-old from Hawick was poised to take the lead but is adamant that he will be redressing the balance this weekend.

"They are going to receive it!" said the 'Rat Boy'. "People have started writing me off already and that's a dangerous thing to do."

"I'm fully motivated and looking forward to the challenge this weekend at a circuit which suits me and the bike," continued the Scot who has spent the week training with Byrne.

For team owner Paul Bird, he too is looking forward to bagging a load more points on Easter Sunday: "We're up for the quest and we just need to consolidate. The riders love the track, the bikes are well suited and the team is confident.

"After this weekend, we'll be a quarter of the way into the championship but it's still early days and we won't be getting too excited just yet. Shakey deserves a double and Stuart a win also after they both had bad luck last weekend and that's what we're shooting for."



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