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Shane Byrne to visit Silverstone this weekend in support ride for British Grand Prix.

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Shane Byrne is hoping his trip to Silverstone this weekend will give him the edge over his competition when he visits the circuit later this season in the British Superbike Championship.

Two-time BSB champion Byrne has cut short his holiday in Spain to line up in the new Silverstone 200 support race before the British Grand Prix at the weekend in a move that will enable him to collect valuable data and track experience before the BSB visits the circuit in the penultimate round of the Showdown in September.

He said: “It has been a nice break in Spain since Snetterton but to be honest I am looking forward to cutting the trip short to come back and race at Silverstone this weekend.

“It is an important event for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team as we can use it as a test before we get to the Showdown round there later in the year.

“I love the circuit and always have done, but last year we rocked up and it was the point where I needed to turn my Showdown around after the crash at Donington and it just didn’t happen.

“The PBM team said we had the chance to do the Silverstone 200 race and I said ‘I will be there’. One hundred per cent the extra track time this weekend should help us be in a better position to achieve the results we need when we go back later in the year.”

The next round of the BSB series takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on June 22-24.

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