BSB: Byrne ‘That double was for Petra’

Reigning British Superbike champion Shane Byrne dedicated his 11th career double win at Knockhill on Sunday to his hospitalised wife Petra, who for the first time in 8 years wasn’t present to watch him race.

A winning double for Byrne at Knockhill

Photo: PBM/JonJessop

After battling hard for top spot in practice and qualifying against the determined pair of Lowes and Brookes, Shakey secured pole position for the first race on Sunday with a lap just 0.001s faster than next fastest man Brookes, with Petra at the forefront of his mind.

Race one was warmer and drier than Saturday and almost ideal conditions greeted the pack as the lights went out to start the race where it was Brookes who lead the way but Shakey kept a watching brief; after coming together at the hairpin on lap 26 it was the following lap that the triple champion made his move stick and held the advantage to the flag.

Race two was a simpler affair as Byrne took the lead on the first lap and was never headed, controlling the pace of the race at will  to take his second double of the season and extend his BSB win tally to 47. Byrne said afterwards “It’s the first time in eight years Petra hasn’t been with me at a race meeting but I went into the first race happier than I have been for the last few days after she rang me up with some words of encouragement. In the first race, I made a mistake when I first tried to overtake Josh but second time around I was able to make a good, clean pass and open up a gap. The second race pretty much went to plan and although it’s never easy I felt comfortable leading from the front. The wins today are definitely for Petra.”

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