BSB » Imperious Byrne wraps up Brands double


Three-time MCE British Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne completes a double at the opening round of the 2014 championship with victory over Josh Brookes

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Brain

April 21, 2014 8:12 PM

This guy is older than Methuselah, and no matter how many times he falls on his face in world competition, he can go back home and win his national series. I knew a couple of years ago how weak it was when a washed up Hopkins came within a gnat hair of winning it the first time he had ever even seen the tracks. Nothing against Shakey, but this is an indictment of just how weak national superbike series have become.

1050cc

April 21, 2014 9:04 PM

Brain: This guy is older than Methuselah, and no matter how many times he falls on his face in world competition, he can go back home and win his national series. I knew a couple of years ago how weak it was when a washed up Hopkins came within a gnat hair of winning it the first time he had ever even seen the tracks. Nothing against Shakey, but this is an indictment of just how weak national superbike series have become.


Clicked on this guy's name, read a couple of his posts. Ultimate armchair expert of the worst kind. Ignore him.

Well done Shakey #67!

Brain

April 22, 2014 4:35 PM

Yes i have, close racing doesnt hide the fact that the talent level is weak. AMA is the same way. If not for mechanical issues, Josh Hayes wins his 4th title in a row last year. I like Josh a lot, but that doesnt change the fact that a guy nearing 40 years old dominates, its not normal. Same way with Shakey and the BSB. Good racing , but an indictment on the talent level of the series.

GranttheJock

April 22, 2014 6:39 PM

@Brain
I kind of struggle with your thinking here.....

How can you say that the talent level is weak in BSB? Does a rider have to be 20 years old to have talent or be a race winner? What does that say for John McGuinness or Joey Dunlop? Or Rossi???
Ageism is as bad as racism....

Brain

April 22, 2014 7:17 PM

GranttheJock: @Brain
I kind of struggle with your thinking here.....

How can you say that the talent level is weak in BSB? Does a rider have to be 20 years old to have talent or be a race winner? What does that say for John McGuinness or Joey Dunlop? Or Rossi???
Ageism is as bad as racism....


I call it realism. Look, im not trying to hurt your national pride, but if you look at the line ups of this past weekends races, its fairly obvious that the series is overrun with retreads from decades gone by. There is riders in there 50's, 40's finishing at or near the top and most are in there mid 30's Sorry, but in the world of bike racing, you judge your series talent level by the amount of young talent who is moving on to the world scene. BSB has become the retirement home for riders with nowhere else to go.

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