BSB: Byrne: 'These next few tracks should suit us'

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Shane Byrne is hoping to return to winning ways at Snetterton this weekend, a track he feels is much more suited to the Ducati Panigale than the last few circuits the MCE British Superbike Championship has visited.

The five-time British Champion identified Brands Hatch Indy and Knockhill as two of the worst circuits on the calendar for his Ducati Panigale R, which is much more at home on faster, more flowing circuits rather than the tight and technical.

Byrne was a dominant force at Snetterton last year, only prevented from doing the double after running off the track and re-joining the race dead last following a coming together with rival Leon Haslam on the opening lap. He managed to remount and finish third.


“A big part of me sees the last round at Knockhill as a job done,” Byrne said. “I went there out of Showdown contention and needing some decent points and left third in the championship and with two more podium points in the bag. However, the racer in me only goes racing to win and obviously I never managed that last time out so we’ll aim to put that right at Snetterton. I think the run of tracks we now have coming up should suit both myself and the Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R far better than Knockhill did, so hopefully we can look to get some serious winning done.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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