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Shane Byrne left Cad­well Park on Mon­day evening with a smile on his face af­ter clinch­ing his first vic­tory at the Lin­colnshire cir­cuit since 2003 with Mon­ster­mob Du­cati, but while it came close it wasn’t the per­fect week­end for the 39-year-old.

While JG Speed­fit Kawasaki ri­val Leon Haslam walked away with more points than Byrne, the four-time Bri­tish Cham­pion wasn’t too wor­ried about his ri­val’s form hav­ing suf­fered with what he sus­pects might have been a faulty Pirelli rear tyre in the sec­ond race.

Byrne was able to take ad­van­tage of Haslam’s late tyre strug­gles in the open­ing race to pull a crafty move at Chris Curve on the fi­nal lap, but the sec­ond race would be a dif­fer­ent story for the Be Wiser Du­cati man as tyre woes of his own meant he could do no bet­ter than third.

“If you look at my tyre com­pared to my team-mate’s or any of the other tyres I’ve used this week­end we’ve never had tyre wear like that,” he told MCN, point­ing at the worn Pirelli SC0 in the back of his bike.

“The first race was prob­a­bly the most con­trolled, en­joy­able ride I’ve ever had at Cad­well. I never felt I had to go to the limit be­cause ev­ery­body else was try­ing to pre­serve their tyres. I never had to push my­self, or take any risks and be­cause of that I asked the guys not to change the bike for race two.

“If you look at my re­sults at Cad­well Park over the last few years a first and third is an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing week­end for us so I’m happy, but race two cer­tainly bit me in the arse! The bike was ex­actly the same so it had to have been the tyre.”

While his run of dom­i­nant form may have been brought to an end this week­end, Byrne re­mains re­laxed about his chances of tak­ing a fifth ti­tle.

“The sav­ing grace for me is the sit­u­a­tion with the bike. If the bike had been per­fect in that race and Leon had beaten me by that much I might have been a bit wor­ried!

“That’s not to say it’s not go­ing to be a tough end to the sea­son, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ve a lot of re­spect for Leon, he’s won a lot of WSB races and is no mug so to go out there and beat him on a fac­tory Kawasaki won’t be easy. I’m fairly happy with the pack­age we’ve got that we can take it to them.”

‘I’ve a lot of re­spect for Leon, he’s won a lot of WSB races and is no mug’ SHANE BYRNE

That’s not a sight Shakey is used to see­ing

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