Rizla Suzuki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was fourth fastest during practice at the 10th round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire today.
Croft is Rizla Suzuki's nominated test track and Shakey started the day with a strong base setting that he refined to suit the dry and windy conditions. He tried both his race bikes and is optimistic for qualifying and practice.
Steve Plater, standing in for Rizla Suzuki's injured rider James Haydon, was 13th in the morning session but ended the day 17th as he continued to acquaint himself with the GSX-R1000. Steve rode for the team for the first time at the previous round and is aiming for two top 10 results this weekend. Honda's Jonathan Rea was fastest.
Superbike racing starts at 1355 on Sunday, August 13th, at Croft, near Darlington in North Yorkshire. It will be televised on ITV1 at 1530 and Sky Sports Extra at 2300.
"My fastest lap came quite easily. How did I go faster? I simply didn't brake as much and set a better time.
"I tried both of my race bikes and think we are in a strong position for the weekend. One bike is set up just how I want and handling very well. The other bike has the most amazing brakes. I want the brakes transferred on to my number one bike and then I'll be flying."
"It's a tale of two halves for me at Croft. Generally the first half of the circuit is great and my Rizla Suzuki is handling exceptionally well.
"On the second half of the circuit I tip into the fast left hander at the Dave Clark Esses and I've found it needs a bit more work to get it handling just the way I want. Overall though, I am happy to be here and making progress on the Rizla Suzuki."
"The start of practice was ok although the bike is not feeling like it did during the test. We have made some changes today however towards the end of this afternoon I had a problem with one of the sensors so I had to switch bikes. I have now tried some different settings and I know what I am comfortable with for tomorrow. The conditions were poor today and we have been using a different tyre to the one we used in the test here last month so that has also affected my performance. I know I can go much quicker and that gives me confidence for the rest of the weekend."
Leon Haslam said "I am pretty happy with that; the cold and windy conditions have been difficult today and we have had to make some changes because of it but even so I clocked some consistently good times. I was quicker than Greg and Kiyo who are my rivals for the title and obviously Jonathan Rea looks to be a big threat here but I have been more consistent in races than him so I am confident for a good performance this weekend."
- 1: Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1:20.018
- 2: Leon Haslam (Ducati) +0.264
- 3: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.685
- 4: Shane Byrne (Suzuki) +1.137
- 5: Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +1.1836
- 6: Karl Harris (Honda) +1.439
- 7: Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +1.507
- 8: Dean Thomas (Kawasaki) +1.628
- 9: Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +1.663
- 10: Craig Coxhell (Kawasaki)+2.652