With his chances at lifting a record-breaking fifth MCE British Superbike title looking all but out of his reach now, PBM Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne says that his goal for the final round of the season at Brands Hatch this weekend is simple: win.
“It hasn’t panned out our way this season, so we have three races left to try and take three race wins. If I can do that, then we’ll have won ten races – which is a good year’s worth of wins. I normally win eight to twelve a year, so somewhere in the middle of that means we can’t be disappointed.
“And if you win ten BSB races in a season and don’t take a title, especially when you’ve been on the podium in most of the rest, that just goes to show how competitive the series is!”
Unfortunately for Byrne, it now looks like any hope he has of stopping Josh Brookes is in the hands of others. With a 47 point lead, even beating the Australian to win all three races won’t be enough to take the title – it would still give Brookes the title by a massive 32 points, if he can finish second to Byrne.
In reality, even if he were to win all three of the weekends races, Brookes would need to finish outside the top five in all three if Byrne were to make up the deficit.
However, as 2014 showed, anything can happen, when a damp track in free practice three caught out Ryuichi Kiyonari and ended his championship chances with a broken collarbone.