Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 17 Jun 2014
The Sittingbourne rider was in control for the whole weekend at the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton. Shattering the lap record to take pole position on Saturday, Byrne was to settle for nothing less than two victories come race day and he didn’t disappoint.
Despite a strong challenge from Josh Brookes, Byrne maintained the pace in the first race to take the win ahead of the Aussie, but come race two the Kawasaki man’s man rival crashed out after pushing too hard to keep up.
Byrne now leads the championship by 45 points and more importantly holds double the amount of podium credits than any of his rivals.
“I’m really happy after today” said Byrne. “The win in the first race was just what we needed. I tried really hard at the beginning with my plan to open up a bit of a gap and then conserve the tyre and control the race. That part worked but I backed off a bit too much and the boys caught up so I had to push again. I kept my eye on the big TV screen to see what the gap was and when Josh closed in towards the end; I had one last dig and brought the bike home
“My crew chief told me before the second race that if I could do mid to low 1’48s all race long you should be able to get a bit of a buffer and just maintain that, so rather than trying to control the race and not use too much tyre at the beginning I just tried to maintain the lap time. Towards the end I went a little bit quicker but the last couple of laps were a little bit sketchy to be honest so I was glad to see the chequered flag!
“I didn’t know Brookes had gone down until I got to parc ferme but to be honest at this stage, the championship means nothing. We go racing to collect podium credits not to get 25 points as if you’re winning races you’re going to be in the top six anyway and it’s just the credits that make the difference. We’ve earned another ten today and that helps our cause come the showdown.”
The British Superbike Championship is back in action next weekend (June 29) at Knockhill.