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Statement from Rizla Suzuki - June 17th 2006


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    Rizla Suzuki has concluded an investigation into the possible causes of Shane 'Shakey' Byrne's high-speed crash during the first practice session at the seventh round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton.

    Telemetry shows Shakey's bike was operating at full braking power on the previous lap and first two corners of the second lap immediately preceding the incident. There was no braking force applied at the end of the straight and this is believed to have caused the crash.

    After a full and detailed examination of the race bike, the team found the pivot pin for the Brembo front brake master cylinder was missing. The team has not been able to recover the pivot pin for further examination.

    Shakey's bike was prepared for the session with the pivot pin, spring clip and the additional safety measure of a securing cable tie in place.

    Brembo's Ian Edwards said: "This is the first time we have ever encountered this. After investigating the incident with Rizla Suzuki we now advise that lock wire should replace the cable tie as a safety precaution."

    Shakey has told the team he enjoyed a good night's sleep. He has a headache and feels second hand but otherwise is fine and is planning to be in the Rizla Suzuki garage tomorrow to support the team during the races.