BSB closes in on WSB pace

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Thanks to the Be Wiser Du­cati squad’s close re­la­tion­ship with Du­cati Corse and the World Su­per­bike ef­fort, they had ac­cess to the data from when Chaz Davies and Da­vide Gi­ugliano raced at Don­ing­ton ear­lier this season.

While Byrne ad­mits it’s use­ful to see this, his crew chief Gio­vanni Crupi – a Du­cati Corse em­ployee flown in from Bologna each week­end – says it’s not too com­pa­ra­ble given the ad­vanced level of elec­tron­ics in WSB.

“Their set-up is close to ours but be­cause they have trac­tion con­trol, anti-wheelie etc they can do a lot of things dif­fer­ently to us.”

The pace in WSB might be faster than Bri­tish Su­per­bikes, but Byrne’s times this week­end weren’t far off his world level Du­cati coun­ter­parts. Chaz Davies’ fastest lap on his way to third in the sec­ond race at Don­ing­ton ear­lier this year was just 0.7 sec­onds quicker than the lap record Byrne set in race two this week­end.

CHRIS­TIAN ID­DON

but there is still some­thing hold­ing us back from bridg­ing the gap to Shakey. I can’t seem to go faster when I try to push and I think it’s be­cause we aren’t mak­ing the most of the me­chan­i­cal grip the bike can of­fer. There were two cor­ners where that ham­pered us, the last cor­ner and the first, and with­out that we could have chal­lenged for the win.”

While the podium may be too lit­tle too late after miss­ing out on a spot in the 2016 ti­tle fight­ers’ Show­down, it’s a cru­cial re­sult for Id­don when it comes to se­cur­ing a ride for next season.

“It’s that time of year and ev­ery­one is al­ready talk­ing! I like to do things the right way so I’m wait­ing to hear what the boss has to say and hope­fully after to­day what I’ll be hear­ing will be good!

“I have been con­tacted by a few other teams but I’d like to see what hap­pens with my cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. I’d like to stay where I am be­cause it’s not some­thing I’ve been able to do in re­cent years after teams folded on me or a num­ber of other rea­sons. That sort of sta­bil­ity can be re­ally im­por­tant when you’re look­ing to be at the front.”

‘I felt com­fort­able but there is still some­thing hold­ing us back’

He missed out on the Show­down but that podium could keep Id­don his seat for 2017

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