SHAKEY BYRNE ‘I’D RATHER BE THE HUNTER THAN THE HUNTED’
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