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.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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