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Byrne: "Germany was a bit of short-lived event"

Byrne: 'Germany was a bit of short-lived event'

Byrne: "Germany was a bit of short-lived event"

The Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland ended early for Team Roberts rider Shakey Byrne. From his 21st starting position, Byrne sped into a fraught-filled turn one, never to emerge. Byrne was caught up with two other riders and fell. He tried to start the Proton KR-powered by KTM, but it wasn't possible.

"It was a bit of a short-lived event," Byrne said. "I think it was one of the best starts that I had, so that's a good thing. I got up the inside of quite a few people, around the outside of (Ruben) Xaus and come to the braking area, past (Makoto) Tamada and everybody, and I was thinking, ‘This is mega, we're on it,'" Byrne said.

"Getting stopped, getting stopped, getting stopped, admittedly I was going to run into the first corner a little bit hot, not like tragically, but Carlos (Checa) came across and I clipped the back of him and that kind of stood me up a little bit and I nearly fell off, but someone must have hit the back of my bike and that just spun me around and I fell off."

"That's two races on the trot where I've not finished. Crashing is not really me, you know what I mean. I've had more crashes in the last two races than I've had all season. It's been a tough weekend this weekend, the hardest weekend of all of them. It's not been our weekend and to be fair to everybody, all the Roberts guys have been absolutely flat out. They're so behind the whole thing."

Team manager Chuck Aksland said that the sinewy Sachsenring brought out the worst in the motor.
"You open the throttle and it kind of explodes forward and it's not what you need to keep on line," he said. "Obviously, the drive up the hill shows the areas that the motor's lacking. This is where we're at until KTM brings us some power and does some development work. Could be in for a long season, I think, until then."


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