MonsterMob Ducati rider Shane Byrne had to settle for his first race meeting without a podium as his title aspirations were placed on hold at Oulton Park, Cheshire today.

The 26 year old Kent rider slid out of the first race when he hit a damp patch on the track when well placed before settling for fourth place in race two to go into the final three rounds with a reduced 128 point advantage.

Starting from row two for the first time this season, Byrne was set to take over the lead in the opening race after flash storms had unexpectedly hit the track during the morning, when he was pushed wide and slid off at Lodge on lap 11 before the race was stopped early. And any hopes of a decent result in race two were thwarted when he got a bad start and was held up in traffic, eventually finishing in fourth.

"I was unlucky in race one when Kagayama ran me wide and I hit a stream of water and then in race two I got a poor start and by the time I'd got into a rhythm, fourth was the best I could manage. I've never ridden so hard for such a crap result," said Shakey.

Rostrum honour was upheld by Supersport rider Stuart Easton who managed a fine second place aboard his 748 Ducati.

The pole position setter gave chase to winner Karl Harris but had to settle for second place to maintain his runner up spot in the championship.

"I'm never happy with second place but I'll have to settle for it on this occasion. I really wanted to win today to dedicate it to Hizzy but maybe next time," said the 19 year old Hawick racer who earlier in the day opened the new Hizzy chicane in memory of his former team-mate.

Team owner Paul Bird commented: "We've had some good weekends lately but this hasn't been one of them. Hopefully Cadwell will be kinder to us and we can get back to winning ways again."

Meanwhile Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton will be taking part in a NYRRSC chat show at Elders in Northallerton on Tuesday 12th August at 8pm. Also appearing will be Michael Rutter, Dennis Hobbs and Scott Smart.

Picture credit: Double Red.



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