Polesitter Shane Byrne says he doesn’t care about breaking any records tomorrow – as long as he finishes at the front.
The Be Wiser Ducati man was the only rider to dip into the 1’33s today as temperatures soared at Oulton Park, and it was enough to secure pole for tomorrow’s first Bennetts British Superbike race.
But after clocking his 1’33.979s in QP3 this afternoon, he says it is unlikely the race lap record of 1’34.4483s will go tomorrow, because the track temperature is simply too hot.
“I couldn’t care less to be honest as long as we’re somewhere near the front. I’d happily win the race with 36s – it takes much less effort,” he said. “But I don’t think it will go. The track temperature is so hot.
“I think yesterday, from free practice one to free practice two, there was such a dramatic difference, the track temperature came up by about 15, 20 degrees over the two sessions and in the afternoon the bike was moving around a lot more and we had to chip away, do a little bit more work.
“If I’m honest, I was quite worried about by one lap pace. My rhythm is really, really good I think compared to pretty much everybody else’s, but I wasn’t sure whether or not we could go that extra bit for qualifying because the hot track temperatures just got the tyres moving around and sort of like on chewing gum.
“I did a pretty good lap time in QP2 and there was probably a little bit more in there but I matched my time from last year which was in far better conditions so will the lap record go tomorrow? I’m not so sure.”