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Aug 21, 2014

Byrne Looking To End Winless Streak This Coming Weekend At Cadwell Park

Shane Byrne (67) during the start of a British Superbike race at Cadwell Park in 2013.


The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship heads to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire this August Bank Holiday weekend (23/24/25) with the battle for the Showdown positions intensifying with just four races remaining before the all-important Showdown.

Triple champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Australian Josh Brookes already have their position confirmed to fight for the title in the Showdown and the pair have been locked in their battle for the victories this season. Byrne holds the advantage, but hasn’t won any of the last seven races since Knockhill in June, something he is eager to turn around this weekend.

Byrne said: “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming races. We're working really hard as a team to improve our package as there has certainly been some big improvements from some of our competitors. I'm going to be trying as hard as ever to reward my guys' hard work with a good few more trips to the top of the podium - that's the plan anyway!"

Brookes is renowned for his high-flying leaps over the famous Mountain section and after scoring a victory last time out at Oulton Park the Milwaukee Yamaha rider is determined to carry the momentum into this weekend’s event.

Brookes said: “I remember last year having some really good, close battles at Cadwell Park - that event was one of the best of the year for me in terms of a strong race and speed. I am hoping that it is a track thing and if you focus on the circuit I think the Yamaha could be super-fast there. I am hoping that the two things combined will make for good results and we can continue to push hard to achieve that.”

Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari has reasserted his authority this year, claiming his fourth victory of the season last time out at Oulton Park, and the triple champion counts Cadwell Park as his home circuit. The “War for Four” title battle with Byrne continues to rage and Kiyo is bidding to add his name this weekend to the confirmed Title Fighters ahead of the Showdown.

Kiyonari said: “I really like Cadwell Park, because since I have lived in the UK it has been my home circuit and so I always want to have a good result there. My confidence is really high, we have worked hard and we have shown we can be fast at every round. We want to be winning but if you stop pushing for one moment then someone like Shakey, Josh or another rider will beat you. I am going to Cadwell Park to try and win again.”

The final places in the Showdown remain fiercely contested and this weekend at Cadwell Park will prove critical to the chasing pack’s title aspirations. Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Dan Linfoot scored a debut podium finish last time out and he currently holds fourth place in the standings but just 32 points currently separate him from James Ellison in seventh, with the pair split by Tommy Bridewell and Chris Walker.

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