Reigning MCE British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne goes into this weekend’s Brands Hatch series finale with a 33-point deficit to leader Leon Haslam but maintains he desperately wants to successfully defend a title for the firts time.
Byrne has never managed to win two BSB crowns back to back either because he moved out of the series to MotoGP or WorldSBK, or was beaten to the punch. Starting on Friday, he needs to have three good results and for Haslam to encounter some sort of problem.
“I am really looking forward to Brands Hatch; everyone knows how much I love the Grand Prix circuit. In some ways I guess the pressure has gone a bit. I have been in a position before when there has been nothing between us in the points and the pressure to beat a certain rider or finish in a certain position is immense,” said Byrne.
“Realistically all I can do is my best and I always want to go and win races and there are three chances of that at Brands Hatch. I can still win three races and if Leon has three good finishes he will win, but anything could still happen and if it does then all of a sudden it is thrown wide open again.
“One thing I really want to do is to defend a title. I love Brands Hatch and I am coming to the final round to do the best job I can and we will then see what happens.”