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Be Wiser Ducati take vital points from Oulton Park

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The Be Wiser Ducati duo of Shane Byrne and Glenn Irwin were happy to take points away from a difficult weekend at Oulton Park.

Wet weather played havoc on Sunday’s qualifying session, leading to both riders starting the first race down the field.

On his 300th race start, Byrne made his way up to 12th early on in the race. Wet conditions made it difficult but the four-time champion was able to finish the race in eighth position.

The tricky conditions continued into race two and Byrne found himself down in ninth in the early stages. Byrne continued to battle through the bad weather and ended the race in an impressive sixth position.

Byrne is now 14 points behind the new championship leader, Christian Iddon.

After the races, Byrne said: “Being my 300th race start it was a big weekend for me and also for the team with it being their local circuit as we always get a strong following and having missed the test last week, we knew it would be tricky for us. The changeable weather obviously didn’t help and the first race was a bit of a disaster to be honest. After the problems in qualifying, we tried a different wet setting but the track dried really quickly and the set up we had didn’t suit the conditions. 

“In the second race, I opted for intermediate tyres and after the two sighting laps, I thought we’d hit the nail on the head but I was astonished at how quickly the track dried up, more than I’ve ever known it do before. sixth and eighth places aren’t ideal but Brands Hatch next time out is traditionally a good circuit for both me and the team and I’m ready to race their tomorrow!

Irwin also found the conditions tricky but managed to stay on the circuit and put in two more impressive performances in his debut season.

The 26-year-old managed to fight back from the back of the grid to 13th in the first race before taking an excellent seventh position in race two after battling with his more experienced team mate at one stage.

A happy Irwin said: “It’s been a challenging weekend as I’ve never raced the bike in these kind of conditions but I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made and I’ve definitely moved forward. I was quick in all conditions and thought I could have a real go in the second race but possibly respected the people around me a bit too much after I’d moved up to sixth place. 

“Shakey came by me but I can’t be too disappointed with seventh. I’ve finished all four races so far inside the points and both me and the team are happy with the progress we’re making.”

After four races, Irwin now finds himself in a respectable 12th position in the championship standings.

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