WSBK – The 2009 Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot! – A new boss named “Shakey”

The 2009 Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot !

WSBK - The 2009 Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot! - A new boss named & quot; Shakey & quot;

Of course, the cold and the rain disrupted the first tests of 2009 on the Portimao circuit in Portugal. However, the new Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot … The fastest so far is Byrne. For the moment !

A new boss named "Shakey"

Experts of the SBK World Cup, English, American and Italian Superbike champions, MotoGP stars and young people who do not want it: all, absolutely want to succeed Troy Bayliss! The next Mondial Superbike season will therefore be explosive or not…

As proof, the first tests of the year gave rise to intense battles of tenths, hundredths or even thousandths of a second on the superb Portimao track. Between showers and gusts of wind, the records even ended up falling: Troy Bayliss is no longer the fastest man in Portimao !

During the last round of the 2008 championship – in the second free practice session – the legendary n ° 21 set a record time of 1’43.340. Timed in 1’43.294 on Saturday afternoon, Shane Byrne erases the 2008 world champion from the shelves and now stands out as the new king of the Portuguese track.

But the 32-year-old Briton’s feat does not stop there: Shane Byrne is at the top of the timesheets for each of the half-days in which he participated! Has the Mondial Superbike already found its new boss? ?

English Superbike champion in 2003 and 2008, "Shakey" – pronounced "Cheïki" – owns the Ducati 1098 from the private team Sterilgarda. The same one who led Max Biaggi to a disappointing 7th place in the championship last year…

"To be honest, I didn’t expect to be the fastest of these trials, but I’m not surprised", indicated Sunday evening n ° 67, a race number to remember !

Titled last year on the handlebars of a 1098, Shane Byrne ensures that his new mount looks a lot like his old one. A point that greatly facilitated its setting in the saddle but does not in itself explain its fine performance…

Thus the British is delighted with the good atmosphere which reigned in his box: "my relationship and my exchanges with my team and my mechanics are great !".

Unbeatable during the "free" practice, Shakey was just as firm during the Superpole simulation on Sunday afternoon. Remodeled in 2009 (read), this qualifying event should offer a great show: "we tested something similar in the last tests of BSB (British Superbike, NDLR). It’s very captivating and spectacular and I’m sure it will look good on TV !", analyzes the new boss of the World Superbike.

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