Be Wiser Ducati are hopeful of continuing their impressive form this weekend as the MCE British Superbike Championship heads to Thruxton.
After taking victory in race two of the day at Snetterton, Shane Byrne heads to the high-speed circuit as the championship leader – four points ahead of Leon Haslam.
Byrne also impressed in race one, with the 39-year-old battling back through the field to take third place after getting caught up in the chaos of turn one.
Ahead of the weekend, Byrne said: “I’m keen to take every weekend as it comes at the minute, I’m enjoying developing our package one step at a time and with every passing meeting we are getting stronger and stronger. I love fast circuits like thruxton and expect it will suit the Be Wiser Ducati well. It’d be great to rattle off a couple more podiums, preferably on the top step again.”
Byrne finished fourth and second at Thruxton last season on-board the team’s old Kawasaki machines.
On the other side of the team, Glenn Irwin is looking to continue his impressive progress in his rookie season. Irwin picked up a seventh place finish in Norfolk last time out and is determined to keep on improving.
Sitting 13th in the championship standings, the 26-year-old knows that he will need to keep pushing the top riders if he is to stand any chance of challenging for the Showdown places.
Irwin said: “After the steps forward of race day at Snetterton, we are looking for that from the beginning of the weekend at Thruxton. My team is working so hard to give me the package I need and I know it sounds like a cliche but we really are improving every weekend. The fast turns of the track should suit our bike so I’m hopeful of some good results.”
The action at Thruxton gets underway this Friday with the opening two practice sessions. Qualifying then gets underway at the earlier time of 2pm on Saturday afternoon.