Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 26 Mar 2015
Shane Byrne has dismissed any doubts he’d be fit for the start of the British Superbike season by topping the timesheets at the final pre-season test at Donington Park.
The day got off to a soggy start after overnight rainfall and cold temperatures left the circuit soaked ahead of the first session.
This ruled the morning session pretty much redundant with just three riders heading out. The track had dried up a little by lunchtime and most riders headed out towards the end of the second 90-minute session, which was topped by 2014 champion Shane Byrne after just two flying laps at the end of the session despite not having ridden the bike since his crash at Almeria earlier this month.
With the sun shining, there was a hurry to leave pitlane for the final session of the afternoon. Ryuichi Kiyonari headed out for the first time after sitting out the morning with memories of his Brands Hatch crash in similar conditions.
The session was momentarily interrupted after Joe Burns crashed the Gearlink Kawasaki but things quickly resumed, with Shane Byrne fastest on the timesheet.
Ryuichi Kiyonari showed he’d have no problem with a lack of testing as he put in the fastest time with 50 minutes to go, some 0.199 ahead of archrival Byrne.
However, drama struck for Kiyonari as he crashed out with five minutes remaining leaving Byrne to up the pace in the closing stages. The Japanese rider was knocked one spot further down the timesheets by Danny Buchan, who was just 0.222 off Byrne’s fastest lap.
Donington British Superbike Test – Final Times