Byrne: "I just had to go for it"

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane Byrne secured a new lap record on his way to finishing in pole position at the Knockhill round of the British Superbike Championship. Holding off Tyco Suzuki’s Josh

Byrne stormed to pole position this afternoon

Photo: British Superbikes 

Brookes who set the fastest times in both free practice and Q1, Byrne beat the 2006 lap record held by Brookes with a time of 48.333s. 

Sitting just one point behind championship leader Alex Lowes, the Londoner is pushing his Kawasaki to reduce the deficit after topping free practice two on Friday, and producing the best time of the weekend in Q3 this afternoon. The 36 year old had a slow start to Saturday, with damp track conditions meaning he only completed 11 laps in FP3 putting him in 15th positon. However he was fast straight out of the box for qualifying, and topped both qualifying two and three – holding off a flying Josh Brookes by 0.010s.

Despite his participation in the race’s being in doubt at the beginning of the weekend due to his wife Petra’s illness, Byrne is confident of a strong race pace ahead of tomorrows race“I’m really pleased  with this, my first flying lap was good, but then Josh Brookes came through and I thought I just had to go for it. I had a few moments on the lap, but here we are. I wanted to get that pole position for my wife Petra who is unwell; hopefully that will give her something to smile about and thanks to everyone for sending her their best wishes. Our race pace is good but we have a bit of work to do and a few little tweaks to make to perfect it for the race, but to come here and do this, ahead of teams who have tested here before, is good and we are in pretty good shape for the races.”

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