Oulton Park hosts round 7 of the British Super Bike Championships this weekend. This will be the rider’s second visit to the circuit and with the first round of practice over with it looks set to be a cracker.
Shane Byrne leads the championship standings into Oulton Park, but the triple champion knows that a large point’s haul is what he needs from the triple-header event.
Byrne missed out on the two victories to arch rival Josh Brookes just days ago at Thruxton and admits that it was a blow to have finished second in both races. Now he is ready to attack the Oulton Park weekend, knowing that with three races at the Cheshire track there is a potential 15 podium points up for the taking.
Byrne was certainly looking determined to pick up those points this morning in practice one, however may not have it all his own way.
The Oulton Park event revved into action in dramatic style with a gripping battle for the number one spot between Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari, currently placed third in the championship standings. The pair continued to swap positions throughout practice until Kiyonari riding the Buildbase BMW, placed a blistering lap of 1:35.886 half a second quicker than Byrne.
The Buildbase BMW rider, who has won twice already this season and climbed to third in the overall standings, said: ‘It is very important to have another good weekend at Oulton Park as we cannot afford to miss out on points and podium credits now. I enjoy Oulton Park as it is one of my favourites and I have many years of good memories at this track.’
After putting on a fabulous show at Thurxton last weekend, Josh Brookes fortunes changed after the Australian rider suffered a high-speed crash, fortunately the rider was not injured but the crash did prematurely end his session and leaving him outside of the top 10.
With thrills, spills and high intensity riding already happening in practice one this weekend is really looking like it’s going to be one of the best races so far this season. Make sure you catch all the WP Racing fuelled action on British Eurosport 2 at 11:30 this Saturday 9th August.