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Byrne: The pressure has gone for BSB title decider

Despite feeling Leon Haslam has “one hand the trophy” Shane Byrne says he isn’t feeling too much pressure heading into the 2017 MCE British Superbike title decider.

The five-time and defending BSB champion trails leader Haslam by 33 points, and is also one point off of Josh Brookes, moving into the triple-header season finale at Brands Hatch and is relishing the fight even though the odds are against him keeping hold of his title due to the championship deficit.

Byrne feels the pressure on him is smaller than in previous campaigns when the title has been on a knife edge and has the sole goal of three wins at his home circuit and hopes some luck to fall his way.

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“In some ways I guess the pressure has gone a bit,” Byrne said. “I have been in a position before when there has been nothing between us in the points and the pressure to beat a certain rider or finish in a certain position is immense.

“Whilst it looks like Leon has one hand on the trophy, all it takes is a mechanical issue or a crash and it would turn everything completely upside down. I’m going to Brands Hatch with the same intention and approach as any other round and that’s to try to win all the races.

“Hopefully with a fair chunk of luck on our side, which we’ve lacked massively lately, it’ll be enough to get the job done, if not we’ll go down fighting that’s for sure.

“One thing I really want to do is to defend a title; I love Brands Hatch and I am coming to the final round to do the best job I can and we will then see what happens.”

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