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Byrne looking to build on satisfacory debut

Byrne looking to build on satisfacory debut

Byrne looking to build on satisfacory debut

Shane Byrne took his first points aboard a Honda with 14th in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. However, the Briton had higher aspirations having concluded the whole race weekend without making any serious errors and having put in some intense work with his new team team. But ‘Shakey' was pleased to finish and get into the points and is looking to go even better in Qatar.

"Having got to the end of this weekend I can safely say that I expected fewer problems, but I quickly changed my opinion, after the first practice," admitted the Briton. "Probably if these two races were in Europe it would have been a bit easier for me, but that's not the case and I have to do the best I can."

"The team has done a fantastic job, and in the end I'm quite satisfied to have finished the race and to have not committed any serious errors. Running wide in a corner at the beginning meant I lost contact with the small group in front of me, and I couldn't get back up there. On the last lap I did manage to enjoy myself battling with Xaus though. With a race under my belt I hope to get off to a better start in Qatar and to take a better result."

Camel Honda team principal Sito Pons commented: "Today Shane managed to complete this challenging race pretty well, and scored points, he didn't make any mistakes, although he obviously he needs time to learn all the secrets of this bike to get the most out of it. In the next race in Qatar he will undoubtedly take another step forward."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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