BSB: Byrne unhappy with feeling despite pace

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Shane Byrne has confessed he’s not in the strongest position he could be despite placing second fastest on the opening day at Assen. 

The Be Wiser Ducati rider was just 0.098seconds off Christian Iddon’s fastest time, but feels there is still a lot of work to do with his Ducati Panigale R ahead of Sunday’s two races. 

“Today has actually been quite a difficult day,” he said after the session. “The initial lap time this morning came really easily with the bike but the feeling wasn’t overly great. 


“We have tried a few things this morning and this afternoon and we haven’t quite hit the nail on the head yet. Some weekends with this bike you rock up and it feels great from the off and the others you have to do a little bit more work.

“The good thing is that even though I feel we have quite a lot of work to do, the pace is still there or thereabouts so I’m happy with that. I know what I’ve still got in me and I know there’s still more to come from the bike.

“This time at Donington we were ready for a race run on Saturday morning but we are far from that right now, but at the same time we are still competitive, so we will look over the data tonight and keep chipping away to find the better feeling.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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