BSB: Byrne: ‘We still have work to do’

Shakey qualified on pole ahead of the race but still has work to do

Defending British Superbike champion Shane Byrne will start the first race of the 2013 season from pole position at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, his ‘home’ round of the season.

Byrne had set the pace in free practice and carried his pace through to qualifying, where he had to hold off a threatening Alex Lowes despite running near to lap record pace.

Shakey made is clear he has got his eyes on a record-breaking fourth BSB title. “The aim was to be on the front row of the grid. We still have some work to do but as the saying goes – so far, so good. Myself and Kiyo are obviously both aiming for that fourth title but there are plenty of other riders who won’t make it easy for us starting tomorrow here at Brands Hatch.” 

Samsung Honda rider Alex Lowes is proving to be a championship threat this season, qualifying only 0.142 seconds off Shakey’s time. Alex, 21 said of Byrne’s scorching pace “There’s no doubt that Shakey is the man around here, but I enjoyed us all going for it again in qualifying.”

Grid for Race one:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 45.655s
2: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.142s
3: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.315s
4: Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +0.410s
5: Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.437s
6: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.482s
7: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.506s
8: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +0.678s
9: James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +1.049s
10: Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +1.060s

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