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Oulton Park British Superbikes: Shane Byrne content with second on the grid

Published: 20 July 2008

British Superbike Championship leader Shane Byrne has said he’s not too concerned about not grabbing pole for today’s two Oulton Park races.

The Airwaves Ducati rider was beaten to the top spot by HM Plant Honda’s Cal Crutchlow by 0.292 of a second in yesterday’s qualifying session.

But with Shakey holding a 97 point advantage in the title chase over his closest rival Crutchlow, the 31-year old said he’s focussing on racking up points.

He said: “I’m really happy to have secured a front row start for Airwaves Ducati.

“I was stuck behind traffic on my fastest lap and my final corner was sacrificed by not being able to take my normal line.

“I had one last chance to try and grab pole but the wind just caught me out on the first corner.

“But I can’t complain with second. If warm-up tomorrow morning is dry there are a few slight changes that I would like to try on the Airwaves Ducati.

“I’m confident that the races should bring us some good results, and importantly more championship points.”

Byrne’s team-mate Leon Camier crashed out of yesterday’s qualifying session in the first 15 minutes, spilling off at Island Bends.

Camier took a slight knock and the team will decide later on today if he will be fit enough to ride for the first BSB race scheduled at 13.15.

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