BSB: Byrne: 'That one felt good!'

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Shane Byrne kick-started his 2017 MCE British Superbike season at Oulton Park this weekend as he returned to the top step of the podium in Monday’s second race.

Until this point, it hadn’t been an ideal start to the season for the reigning champion after a lack of testing left him on the back foot at the opening round, where he’d go on to crash heavily in warm-up and miss both races with concussion. While he was back in action at Brands Hatch, where he narrowly missed the podium in the opening race, but disaster struck in race two as he dramatically crashed out while fighting for the lead. 


“That one felt good!” Byrne laughed, talking to MCN after the race. “It’s been a bad start to the year and these days I think I work harder than ever before to achieve these things. While the speed was there at both Donington and Brands, luck wasn’t so it’s good to be back on the top step here.

“If I’m honest, I’m pleasantly surprised with how today went. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t come here thinking ‘Oulton Park should be a good circuit for us!’. The test last week wasn’t particularly great but the boys have done a great job to turn the bike around and once again it was even better in race two.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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