BSB: Byrne upbeat despite race two DNF

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Shane Byrne was able to leave the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike championship in a positive mindset despite missing out on what could have been a double victory at Thruxton.

Having dominated the entire weekend, Byrne took a commanding victory in yesterday’s first race and looked set to take his first double of the year as he instantaneously gapped the field in the early stages of race two. However, disaster struck as his gear linkage broke on the second lap and forced him to retire from the race. 

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Despite his second DNF of the year, Byrne was able to look on the bright side with the knowledge nobody could match him this weekend. 

“When the bike has worked as well as it has this weekend and there are so many positives to take away it’s impossible to be too down after a DNF for a little bit of metal breaking in the second race,” he told MCN.

“I know from the race pace that I could have gone faster and yes, it should have been a double victory but the positives well outweigh that small negative in the grand scheme of things.” 

For more the full reaction from Byrne, see Wednesday’s MCN. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing