BYRNE WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN
Reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne was left to ponder what could have been after being ruled out of the opening BSB races following a heavy crash in warm-up.
The 40-year-old went down hard at Craner curves in the extended warmup session, banging his head on impact. He was dazed and confused in the aftermath and medics instantly ruled him unfit for further action.
“We’d made some changes with the bike and the shock was a bit too soft, but I continued to ride as I needed to get laps under my belt,” explained Byrne. I got a good run off the top of Redgate into Hollywood, tipped left and I don’t remember much after that!”
While missing two races isn’t the way Byrne wanted to start the season, he admits BSB’S Showdown format, where the first nine rounds are all about being inside the championship top six, could come to his rescue.
“It’s obviously not ideal but at the same time I haven’t broken anything. We could have done with two races under our belt this weekend as we’re quite behind on dry track time. That being said, even in the first session when we haven’t ridden in two months we were quickest. The bike is only going to get better. I always moan about the Showdown but maybe this is one of the times it’ll work in my favour!”
On the mend: Shakey missed the races