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It might have been a dis­as­trous week­end at Oulton Park for Shane Byrne but he re­fused to be down­beat ahead of the Show­down get­ting un­der­way this com­ing week­end.

A num­ber of un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mis­takes saw the four-time cham­pion en­dure his worst week­end of the year with just a ninth and fifth to take from the three races af­ter dra­mat­i­cally crash­ing out of the se­cond race.

With ti­tle ri­val Leon Haslam scor­ing three wins, Byrne lost the se­ries lead for the first time since round four – but with all points reset ahead of the Show­down and only podium cred­its count­ing, what could have been a 36-point deficit now sits at just a three­p­oint gap be­tween the du­elling duo.

Byrne told MCN: “While there was no real pres­sure on us this week­end as we’d ce­mented our place in the Show­down I didn’t see it like that! I wanted to come here and open up a bit of a gap in podium cred­its but as it turned out I lost the lead, but it’s bet­ter to be the hunter than hunted!

“Un­for­tu­nately, s**t hap­pens! Some­times on a mo­tor­bike you can feel as though you’re walk­ing on water but at other times you can’t even tread in a pud­dle! For­tu­nately for me it’s bet­ter to have a week­end like this now than in one of the Show­down rounds.

“Our pace here has been quick enough to win, it’s just not come to­gether for us and I feel a bit of a vic­tim of cir­cum­stances! We paid a hard price for the mis­takes we made and had to fight through from a bad grid po­si­tion in the fi­nal race but I showed my pace when I got a bit of clear track! We know full well what we’re ca­pa­ble of and for­tu­nately we’ve only got a few days un­til we’re back out again and I’m re­ally revved up for it. Now it gets se­ri­ous and that’s when you have to be win­ning.”

‘I’m re­ally revved up. Now it gets se­ri­ous and that’s when you have to be win­ning’ SHANE BYRNE

Shakey was out of luck in race two at Oulton

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