Byrne finds feet in title bid
Shane Byrne hopes defying the pain barrier will see him become the first rider to win four British Superbike Championships.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider might not be able to walk properly but at least he has thrown away the crutches he needed after suffering a pelvis injury during the previous round of the championship.
Byrne goes into the final round at British Hatch leading the series standings by one point from the Samsung Honda of Alex Lowes.
But he could have seen his title hopes wiped out when he crashed during practice at the previous round at Silverstone.
Byrne defied the pain from his injured pelvis area, which he believes caused nerve damage, to share race wins and second places with Lowes at the Northamptonshire circuit.
But in typical off-hand style Byrne said of his painful Silverstone outing: "I would not be lying if I said I had had easier races. To take a win in those circumstances was fantastic."
He has complete faith in his own ability and is focusing on his own race rather than worry about the title or what else might happen at Brands Hatch.
"You can't control what 35 other guys want to do," added Byrne.
"It's irrelevant what the points difference is. What needs to happen is I need to beat Alex and Alex needs to beat me."
Byrne heads to his home circuit facing three races, one on Saturday and two on Sunday, and that suits him.
He explained: "What's good about the triple-header is you get a race on Saturday afternoon to see what the bike is doing and where you are at with set-up and that gives you time to put things right if you need to.
"You can do all the practice and qualifying you want but it's never like being in a race."
Stopping Byrne from winning a fourth title would mean a double celebration for Lincoln rider Lowes whose twin brother Sam is the 2013 World Supersport champion.