BSB: Byrne: 'We need to understand where our speed has gone'

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Shane Byrne has said he and the Be Wiser Ducati team have work to do after a disappointing opening day at Oulton Park.

The series leader was just 11th quickest, a second off Josh Brookes’ pace, in Friday’s only dry session as the 2017 MCE British Superbike Showdown got underway at the Cheshire circuit.

Even more disconcerting for the five-time champ is that despite a problem with his quickshifter, he wasn’t too sure where the time was being lost.

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“I had some problems with my quickshifter and missed around three or four gear changes a lap in my fast two laps but that’s not going to explain why we’re a second off the pace,” Byrne confessed.

“If I could say that I messed up, or did this, or ran wide or whatever I’d be a lot happier as I feel though even though I had the shifting problem, they weren’t a second a lap problems! I feel I rode the bike as good as I could ride it, so we need to work hard to understand where our speed from May has gone. The engine feels fast, everything felt OK but the lap time was terrible so we have some work to do.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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