Be Wiser PBM Ducati
Mon, 07 May 2018
Glenn Irwin once again set off from 3rd on the grid with his teammate Shakey lined up directly behind him on the 2nd row. Both Be Wiser Ducati riders got away well as the lights went out and by half-race distance the pair had passed Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) and were running in 4th and 5th respectively before going on to swap positions.
Despite Shakey chasing down Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) in the final laps, he was unable to get close enought to make a pass and missed out on a podium position, with Irwin bringing his Panigale R home in 5th.
Taylor Mackenzie (Moto Rapido Ducati) bettered his previous starting position, lining up on the 4th row of the grid. His lap times improved as the race progressed and ‘Tmac’ crossed the chequered flag in the points with a 14th place finish.
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati #67) - 4th
“The weekend has been a bit back to front to be honest, we have had such strong race pace this weekend. The bike had been brilliant through Saturday and then Sunday I was a bit concerned about out one lap pace, but I ended up putting it up on pole. I was far more confident about my race pace than one lap and then we get to the races and started going backwards.
Obviously, I am disappointed as my rhythm is really good but when you are fighting four cylinder bikes, the Ducati has some strengths and weaknesses, but you can use the strengths to make the passes and be a bit creative. The trouble when someone in front of you is a bit more stop start than you it’s difficult to pass. Glenn was riding his race and I was riding mine and I couldn’t get past him. I could get alongside him but you don’t want to take your team mate out. As soon as I did get past I was able to get on the back of Jake Dixon and I just ran out of laps.
But looking at the lap times I was lapping as fast as the winners, but Leon has won 8 out of the last 10 races here so it was inevitable he was going to go well, but I was up for spoiling that party. Onwards and upwards for Snetterton and we will see how we go.”
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati #2) – 5th
“The whole weekend has been good and then Race 1 didn’t pan out as we thought it would. We thought we would be at Shakey’s pace and challenge for the win. I was sitting 3rd in Race 1 and feeling really strong and starting to pull away from 4th and 5th without trying and then something happened at Island. I don’t know what happened without looking at the data but it was a really strange crash. To be honest, that carried through to Race 2 where I was detuned but to be 5th in a day when you are detuned is not too bad.
But you don’t go racing to finish 5th and especially after the steps we had made. My arm is sore from arm pump from being a bit tense on the bike in Race 2, after the crash in Race 1, but on the whole the Be Wiser PBM Ducati has been awesome this weekend and my bike was good enough to win both races.”
Taylor Mackenzie (Moto Rapido Ducati #24) – 14th
“Massive improvement over the weekend in myself. So, I think that’s the first positive we’ve got to look at. I had my best qualifying in 12th. The race wasn’t great, I just struggled at the start with a full tank of fuel. At the end of the race when the fuel load went down, it felt a lot better. So, we’ve got an area we can work on now. There’s more to come from me and more to come from the bike. Hopefully at Snetterton we’ll be even closer.”
Oulton Park British Superbikes Race 1 report