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Shane Byrne says pole position at Cadwell Park comes as a small comfort as he continues to battle to find a strong set-up with his Be Wiser Ducati which he describes as 'an Italian beast that doesn't speak English'.

The MCE British Superbike championship leader narrowly held off Peter Hickman for pole position in qualifying at the Lincolnshire circuit by just 0.081s.

Despite topping every practice session and taking pole in qualifying, Byrne says he's still struggling to find the optimum set-up having been unable to settle on a comfortable balance between front and rear feeling yesterday.

"I feel like a bit of a passenger on an Italian beast that doesn’t speak English," Byrne said. "Cadwell Park isn’t the most forgiving of places at the best of times, so when you’re sat on top of something that you can’t talk to or make it do what you want, it’s frustrating.

"It’s really hard to say you’re struggling when you’re fastest! I think quite a few riders are struggling here this weekend. We changed the head angle between Q1 and Q2 - that’s something we’d never usually do unless you were at the start of a session or a test day – that’s how much we’re looking for feeling but even that didn’t work. 

"My initial laps in Q2 weren’t that fast and we nearly got knocked out as we were making another little change before we put in the lap to get into Q3.

"We’ll see how the races go. Starting from the front row is the best place to be, I’ll have to try my hardest to get a good start. Our pace is decent enough but I wish we could get a little bit of feeling or confidence from the front of the bike to be able to push to the next level."



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