Thrux­ton could be key

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER

Shane Byrne’s Brands Hatch dom­i­nance is an omi­nous prospect. Last year, while he was su­per-quick at Snet­ter­ton, Brands and Thrux­ton he only did the dou­ble at Brands. But this year he’s al­ready done the dou­ble at Brands and Snet­ter­ton and now the five­times cham­pion heads to what he says was the bike’s strongest cir­cuit on the cal­en­dar – Thrux­ton.

Even with the Show­down sys­tem, Byrne is rack­ing up podium cred­its while ri­vals Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey have hit a bad patch. Josh Brookes also failed to score podium points this week­end.

The more they al­low Byrne to get away, the harder it’ll be at those three all-im­por­tant rounds at the end of the year.

No rider has ever won more than four con­sec­u­tive races in a sea­son with­out go­ing on to be cham­pion, so the odds are stacked well in Byrne’s favour should his streak con­tinue in Hamp­shire next week. Haslam strug­gled at Thrux­ton last year, but Mossey and Brookes have a strong record there.

‘Byrne is rack­ing up podium cred­its; his main ri­vals have al­most none’

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