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Brookes goes second with mixed emotions

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 17:20

Josh Brookes was left with mixed emotions after the opening hour-long testing session of the weekend at Brands Hatch, making changes that negatively affected his Milwaukee Yamaha but still managing to find pace late in the session to go second fastest. “We made some small changes with the bike and noticed some small improvements, but I actually feel like we ...

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Byrne fastest at Brands despite struggling with back pain

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 17:14

After launching an intense winter fitness campaign in an attempt to gain every advantage over his rivals ahead of the start of the 2014 MCE British Superbike series, Shane Byrne has been left struggling to regain full fitness ahead of this weekend’s Brands Hatch round after suffering an injury while filming a Eurosport pre-season feature. “It’s one of those things, and you ...

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No surprises in BSB Brands test as Shakey goes fastest

Simon Patterson, 18 April 2014 16:23

There were no surprises in the one-hour test session that kicks off the opening weekend of the 2014 MCE British Superbike season, as Shane Byrne took the top spot with a late fast lap from Josh Brookes. Byrne, who spent most of the session inside the top six, repeated the technique he’s perfected in pre-season testing, with a late group ...

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Byrne blows away lap record at Snetterton

Simon Patterson, 09 April 2014 18:00

Shane Byrne has dominated the final pre-season test of 2014, setting a time below the outstanding lap record at Snetterton on the final day of two ahead of next week’s opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship. Breaking into the 1:47 second laps for the first and only time, the triple champion went 0.1 faster than his existing lap ...

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Walker third fastest despite 'tough' day at Snetterton

Simon Patterson, 09 April 2014 10:06

Chris Walker had a ‘tough’ opening day of testing at Snetterton, despite finishing third only to Shane Byrne and Jakob Smrz, with windy conditions at the Norfolk track being less than perfect for the veteran rider. “We’re making progress each and every time we go out on track, but it’s been a tough day today; the wind was so strong ...

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Kiyonari pleased with pace despite lack of track time

Simon Patterson, 08 April 2014 20:41

Ryuichi Kiyonari has been able to return some of the form that took him to three MCE British Superbike titles on the first day of the Donington test, with the Japanese rider ending the day third fastest despite struggling to get enough track time. With visa issues delaying his return to the UK, the Buildbase BMW team have had a ...

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Byrne tops day one as rivals close gap

Simon Patterson, 08 April 2014 19:29

Shane Byrne has once again topped the day in pre-season testing for the MCE British Superbike Championship, finishing the day at Snetterton 0.4 ahead of Jakub Smrz as his rivals slowly close down the gap. Smrz was impressive on the Millsport Ducati Panigale, finishing 0.4 behind Byrne but almost a second clear of third placed man Chris Walker, who had another ...

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Brookes continues to adjust riding style

Simon Patterson, 02 April 2014 14:12

Josh Brookes, having found a comfortable setting early in testing for the 2014 MCE BSB season on the Milwaukee Yamaha, is now struggling to adapt his riding style to suit the smoother power delivery of the R1 package. After three years on the Tyco Suzuki, Brookes admits himself that it’s taking time to recondition himself to the much higher corner ...

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Second fastest Brookes 'out-performed Shakey'

Simon Patterson, 02 April 2014 14:06

Josh Brookes admitted after the first MCE British Superbike test of the year in the UK that he was dissatisfied to walk away only second fastest to Shane Byrne, finishing some 0.2 seconds off the triple champion but admitting it was partly his own fault. “I was a bit disappointed to get the final position snatched from me, after leading ...

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Walker impressed with GBmoto bike at Donington

Simon Patterson, 02 April 2014 11:37

Veteran MCE BSB racer Chris Walker says he’s come away from the first ‘proper’ test of the year against the majority of his season rivals feeling impressed with the GBmoto Kawasaki, and believing he can now be a genuine threat to the title favourites. Finishing the day fourth fastest to only Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes and Jaukb Smrz, the forty ...

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