Eyes on the prize for Byrne at Brands Hatch


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Shane Byrne heads to Brands Hatch this weekend full of determination to capture an unprecedented fifth MCE British Superbike title.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider takes a 17 point advantage over championship rival Leon Haslam into the final round of the year.

The pair had an immensely close battle throughout both races at Assen last time out, with Haslam pipping Byrne to victory in race one by just +0.010s.

Shakey heads to the Grand Prix circuit with nine wins to his name so far in 2016, which includes a double at the Kent track.

The four-time champion will be confident that he can add more wins to his tally, given that he already has 15 to his name at Brands Hatch.

A determined Byrne said: “Well, this is it! This is what a whole year’s worth of hard work, determination and desire for a fifth BSB title have come down to. It’s the Brands Hatch triple header, we know what we need to do, we know what we have to do and I certainly know what I want to do.

“The plan is to give it our all and see where we’re at this Sunday afternoon. I trust my team to give me the best package possible and there’s nowhere I enjoy racing at more than the Brands Hatch GP track.”

Mathematically, Byrne can follow Haslam home in every race and still win the title. This will add to his titles that he won in 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

The triple-header gets underway on Saturday morning with the Datatag Extreme Qualifying session. The opening race of the weekend is scheduled to take place at 3:45pm on Saturday.

Races two and three will then follow on Sunday afternoon, at 1:15pm and 4pm respectively. The championship presentation will then close proceedings following the end of the second race.