Shakey frustrated after Assen top ten

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Shane Byrne left round four of the World Superbike Championship at Assen, frustrated after securing 11th and eighth in the two races.

The reigning BSB champion has so far been unable to replicate the blistering pace he showed in winter testing and currently sits 13th in the series standings with 39 points. 

Speaking to MCN after race two, he said:

“It’s better than the first race but I’m still really frustrated. I had a much better rhythm, almost one second a lap faster, but as soon as I caught up with Neukirchner it was so hard to overtake.

“I eventually got Neukirchner at the tight right and I thought I was going to get Checa no problem on the last lap, but I pushed too hard and lost a couple of bike lengths and then rode like a bit of a dick trying to catch back up.”

Byrne sights his poor qualifying for his lack of results having been on the second row once, the third row twice and the fourth row in Assen.

"We’ve had another difficult weekend and we need to work out what we can do to improve our qualifying.

"I pushed really hard today, finished eighth with everyone in the race apart from Spies – so it's a bit better. I’m closer to the front, but this is not where we should be.”

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider