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Shakey targets victory ahead of 300th race start at Oulton Park

Wednesday, April 27 2016

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne will line up for his 300th race start in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park this Bank Holiday weekend (April 30 - May 2) and the four-time champion is aiming for his first win of the season with the Be Wiser Ducati team.

Shakey secured a pair of second places on his Ducati return at Silverstone earlier this month, and the Kent contender holds the championship lead by five points over Michael Laverty, who was one of the victors in the opening round.

The Be Wiser Ducati team tested at Knockhill last week in preparation for the second round of the season and a confident Shakey heads to Cheshire focused on building on his double second place finish at the season opener.

Byrne said: "We had a really positive test last week at Knockhill and as a team Be Wiser Ducati have definitely kept up the progress we have been making since pre-season testing. The conditions there were certainly among the best I've ever seen at Knockhill; in fact I don't really think it could have been any better!

"So far during the pre-season tests we have really stuck to our plan throughout, and ok I haven't been headlining the timesheets everywhere, but I am getting closer and closer with the bike and we need to remember exactly how young this whole project really is. We need to be able to walk before we can run; things will definitely improve for us as the season progresses and we understand the bike more and more.

"If you look at previous seasons you will see that at least two of the teams that took on new bikes or manufacturer changes took the best part of half a year, or even three quarters of it to really get going, so to be with a brand new bike in its absolute infancy, chipping away and learning as we go, to walk away from the first round leading the championship is pretty cool achievement!

"People shouldn't take anything away from me or my team, we want to win many more races than we have in any other year and I want to win title at the end of the year, and I know I am not going to do that by dolloping around in fifth or sixth place, so we'll do all we possibly can to ensure that we can at least maintain the momentum we've started with so far.

"We had two second place finishes at Silverstone which was a really, really good start for us so if we can come out that strong for the first round and maintain that level or even better with wins, then we can really get the season kick started at Oulton Park."