Shakey shocker Byrne crashes out at Brands
Ducati star leaves Brands with just one race finish out of four
If Shane Byrne thought his start to the 2017 season had got off on the wrong foot at Donington Park after missing both races with concussion, things got even worse at Brands Hatch when he dramatically crashed out of the second race.
A poor start left Byrne with work to do in race one and despite fighting through the pack to join the leading group, he was unable to get past Christian Iddon or Leon Haslam to clinch his first rostrum and podium points of the year.
Catching the front group relatively early on in race two, things were looking up for Byrne until he crashed out after making a move on Haslam with seven laps to go.
“It’s easy to say sat upside down in a gravel trap, but that was an incredibly comfortable race for me,” Byrne told MCN while still dusting himself down from the crash. “Luke’s been doing a great job all weekend, but there’s absolutely no question in my mind that the second race was there for the taking. Luke led with high 45s and to be honest, I don’t think I even broke a sweat.
“I was just biding my time; I knew there were enough laps left to get to the front but Leon went wide so I took my chance. Knowing what a tenacious bugger he is I held a tight line and hit the bumps at Clearways and the front just went.”
However, while 2017 couldn’t have started much worse for the reigning champ, he refuses to be down in the dumps and with BSB’S Showdown system, he’s adamant he can still defend his title.
“The way I think about it is Leon scored four podium credits this weekend, so his advantage over me is now 14 points. You’d like to think there’s no way we’re not going to make the Showdown, so he’s just 14 points ahead. It doesn’t matter if I go into the Showdown in sixth, as long as the gap between me and him in podium credits isn’t too big I’ll fight him to the end and still be in with a chance.”
“It’s a far from ideal start, I’m not stupid I know that but I don’t do negatives. The glass is not half empty it’s half full. My bike couldn’t have been better, it was working really well and was a massive improvement from race one and I felt so comfortable.
“If I looked at the main championship right now I’d probably slit my wrists, but I can’t sit here thinking IF I make the Showdown. If I went racing to make the top six we shouldn’t even be here. We’ll get in that top six, we’ll do some winning and recover some podium credits ready for the main showdown to start later in the year. There’s a long way to go.”
‘I don’t do negatives. We’ll do some winning – there’s a long way to go’ SHANE BYRNE
Shakey crashes at Clearways after closing in on leaders