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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

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