Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne is ‘over the moon’ after securing the MCE British Superbike title for a record breaking fourth time.
The rider took the spoils in a dominant fashion during race two at his local track of Brands Hatch, but did wish that rival Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari was able to take to the track to fight out for the crown alongside him.
But unfortunately for Kiyo he was still suffering from a broken collarbone, and sat out all three races, and Byrne only needed to clinch fourth to take the title – but he nabbed the number one spot on the podium and took another historic title.
It was much of the same for the final third race with Byrne taking the lead from the start, to end his season on a high after secruing the double at the Kent circuit in front of his home fans this afternoon.
“The circumstances that I won the championship are not ideal and I would have liked Kiyo to be on the grid. We had a small point’s advantage and we were both on three titles a piece [going into the final round]. I never wanted him [Kiyo] to fall down, but then I fell in race one,” said Byrne, at the track.
“But the plan in the races was to get a good start and to start picking off the rest of the field, and then I got to the front. I was feeling so tired as I was so tense – but I managed to bring it home.
“I am over the moon to have taken the title with the win. I would have liked Kiyo to be there, but I can only race who is on the track.”