Shakey upbeat after Free Practice

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Shane Byrne made a promising start to round two of the World Superbike Championship at Qatar by topping the time sheets at the start of the session.

The British rider who crashed twice and scored no points in Australia was the fastest man on track early on but dropped to 11th by the end of the session after being unable to get the best out of a softer race tyres that was used by his rivals.
He said:

“I set my best lap on a hard tyre and Pirelli said that the soft tyre was worth about one second – which would have put me fastest. The bike is working OK, but we’re still working to improve the balance of the bike in the slower corners.

“It’s actually a long time since I’ve been to this track and although I know where it goes I’m still learning. I’ve been bouncing off a few kerbs this morning which has made it pretty exciting.”

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider