BSB: Buchan shows potential with fourth in tricky conditions

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Danny Buchan came away from the opening round of 2018 pleased to have proved some of his critics wrong by delivering a strong performance in tricky conditions on the FS3 Kawasaki. Often accused of being unable to get the best out of a BSB-spec superbike and his lack of electronics, the 24-year-old was able to hold off the advances of reigning champion Shane Byrne in the second race.

“It’s a good start to the championship – it was the start that we needed. I’ve worked differently this winter and we haven’t done as many laps as we’d have liked as a team. That meant that I wasn’t able to come into the weekend with no expectations and it was nice to capitalise on conditions and come home strongly.”

“I’m a superbike rider and I know I can ride a superbike, but it’s just that I’ve had a few tumbles in the past! A lot has changed this year including my work ethic, and we can have a good go at it this year now. I know I can do it and I’ve got a really positive team around me, which is something that I’ve been lacking recently. They’ve got my back, and to have their belief in me is something special.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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