Shane Byrne hopes Snetterton will signal his return to winning ways in British Superbikes

Josh Brookes (2) and Shane Byrne spar in this year's British Superbike Championship, which visits Sn

Josh Brookes (2) and Shane Byrne spar in this year's British Superbike Championship, which visits Snetterton next. - Credit: Archant

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne believes he is in a strong position heading to Snetterton's forthcoming weekend of the MCE British Superbike Championship action.

With a six-week break since Josh Brookes ended his winning streak by just 0.118 seconds, Byrne aims to press on with his bid for a record-breaking fourth title come the end of the season.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider leads the standings ahead of Sunday's two Snetterton races.

Byrne said: 'The start of the season has been nearly perfect; I wasn't too upset to lose out to Yamaha in the second race knowing the good results they have had there in the past. We had a great couple of rounds to start the season and it has been nice to have some time off but at the same time, I have used it to train even harder and I am possibly even fitter now than I was at the start of the season.

'Yes we have had two great rounds, but as a team we certainly haven't been resting on our laurels since Oulton Park.

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'We had the pre-season test at Snetterton, which was really good, and I know some of our rivals have been out on track there recently, but I know we can get straight up to speed.

'I am coming back physically strong, the team have worked hard to give me an even better bike, and I know we will be ready to get back out and push for results.'

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Sunday won't just see the Norfolk crowd treated to scintillating bike action – Snetterton will also be treated to 10-minute display by the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress – Snetterton having originally been a World War II RAF airfield.

Duxford-based Flying Fortress, Sally B, is scheduled to perform the honorary fly-past at around 1pm – and will also act as part of a tribute by the circuit to Marham's RAF Reserves rider Simon Andrews, who died in a crash at the North West 200 Road Race earlier this month. Andrews raced with the number 17.

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