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Byrne happy with debut point

Byrne happy with debut point

Byrne happy with debut point

Shane ‘Shakey' Byrne returned home to England this week with positive reflections of his debut appearance in the MotoGP World Championship. The 26 year old British Superbike Champion picked up a single point as he crossed the finish line in 15th place at Welkom in South Africa – a solid first step in what already looks to be a promising Grand Prix career.

"On one hand I'm naturally disappointed with the race because nobody goes racing to finish in fifteenth, but when you sit down and think about it realistically I've got to be happy to get in the points on my debut in such a competitive championship," commented Byrne, who won both British rounds of the World Superbike Championship as a wildcard last season.

"We're happy enough. We came here hoping to be between tenth and fifteenth but quickly realised that tenth was a bit ambitious, so we have met our target I suppose. The weekend started off really well but we started having problems in Saturday qualifying and basically lost whole session.

"It meant we had to gamble on the set-up in the morning warm-up but that didn't pay off so we had to go for something completely different for the race.

"It was a bit of a bummer really because we had a good setting but for some reason I just couldn't run it. So it was a frustrating weekend from that point of view but at the end of the day I came home with a first point from my first race and I'm just looking forward to building on it at Jerez."

MotoGP, 2004

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