Shakey shocker Byrne crashes out at Brands

Du­cati star leaves Brands with just one race fin­ish out of four

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­

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

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