Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne now has a 27 point advantage over title rival, JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam, after the ZX-10R rider crashed out of the opening MCE British Superbike at Brands Hatch.
Byrne crossed the finishing line in sixth, in very wet conditions and has labelled the race ‘difficult’, but he was able to collect ten points towards his title challenge.
But the Panigale racer is not under estimating his opponent and the championship is ‘certainly not a done deal’, for the four-time champ. It is predicted to rain tomorrow, but Byrne is hoping
for two dry races at his local circuit, but if it does rain he knows he has a competitive package to challenge for title number five.
“That was a difficult race and although Leon crashing out has given me a few more points lead in the championship table, it’s certainly not a done deal and I’m fully aware anything can still happen,” said Byrne.
“The bike has been phenomenal in the dry but whilst I’ve won a race in the wet, it’s a lot harder to get the set up right in the wet conditions today. I was trying my absolute hardest just to stay on the bike as the balance wasn’t quite right and if I’d have tried to have gone with the riders ahead of me, I’d have been down. We got more points which was what we needed, and whilst I’m hoping for two dry races tomorrow, if it’s wet I know we’ll have a much better package.”