Byrne and Irwin confident ahead of Oulton Park


The Be Wiser Ducati duo of Shane Byrne and Glenn Irwin are both in a confident mood ahead of the second round of the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park.

Going into the meeting, Byrne is the championship leader following a double podium finish last time out at Silverstone. Shakey finished both races in second place.

Byrne, who will celebrate his 300th BSB race on Monday, has an impressive record at Oulton Park. The 39-year-old has 10 victories to his name and completed the double there last season.

Ahead of the weekend, Byrne said: “With the Be Wiser Ducati Team being unable to attend the Oulton Park official test, Paul booked us a private test up at Knockhill and it was probably one of the nicest days I’ve ever seen in Scotland. The test was great and enabled us to continue working on the Panigale, concentrating hard on the throttle connection and mapping. 

“There was only us there meaning we weren’t confined to sessions with other riders and we never drove ourselves mad to set the bike specifically for Knockhill. But even so, our lap times were good and I’m really looking forward to Oulton Park and my 300th start in BSB this weekend. I hope to make it a memorable weekend and continue our strong start to the season.”

On the other side of the garage, series rookie Irwin is looking to build on his two points scoring finishes at Silverstone.

The 26-year-old managed a 13th and 14th place finish despite the difficult conditions and the experience has left Irwin feeling full of confidence.

He said: “I achieved my goal of bringing the bike home safely in the points in both races at Silverstone and that;s the plan again this weekend. That said, I’m feeling a lot more confident and we genuinely found something at Knockhill which I’m hoping will allow me to be more competitive and run with the leaders from now on. 

“Shakey also found something extra at Knockhill and he has given me a few ideas also so I’ll put them into action to help continue our progress. I really like Oulton Park and I’m hoping we can challenge for a good result and get a load more points.”