Interview with Shane Byrne

When you're young, you look at individuals and worry about them. Now I'm 36 years old I don't concentrate on Josh [Brookes] or Alex [Lowes], I just concentrate on what I've got to do, worrying about what other people are doing is completely irrelevant.

People sometimes ask me if I've got one more title left in me and my answer is that both Troy [Bayliss] and Max [Biaggi] won their latest title at 41 and did people ever ask them that question at 36?

It's probably because they are global superstars, but I'm a kid who was once from a council estate and now that I'm 36 and back in BSB that I don't want to race any more. Nothing can be further from the truth. I'm really, really hungry to prove my point.
Is there any difference in your motivation for the 2013 season?

Shane Byrne:
I'm now probably hungrier than ever to make this year count.

I felt incredibly hollow after winning the championship last season. When I finished the third and last race at Brands I was so, so happy and it was a massive buzz. However from a championship point of view all I'd done was achieve the same as other people [three titles].

That's never what I wanted; I wanted to be the top guy.

In order to safeguard that place in history, I think I'll need to win at least another 2 races which will mean that I've been the most successful BSB rider ever. And if Kiyo won another one next season, he'd join me at the top so I need to guard against that. Also I need to do a good job in case I get called away to ride in MotoGP for example.

Also there are always things thrown in the mix, I have to make sure I don't make the same mistakes as last year. Like at Thruxton where I felt strong, went to the front and didn't make a break, and because I didn't make a break, had nothing left at the end to fend off the boys. Now I'm a little bit older and a little bit wiser.
If you could get rid of the new shootout format, would you?

Shane Byrne:
Last season you were asked to test James Ellison's CRT bike, what was that about?

Shane Byrne:
It was just to get some kind of direction from another rider. I rode the thing and thought it was in an incredible pickle. It was like this thing you were sat on top of with a mind of its own and I gave my indications as to what I thought should be done.
Could you have replaced James?

Shane Byrne:
I don't think so, I might have had to ride the bike this year. For me I like winning races, I don't want to be trailing halfway round the world to get a CRT podium. I'd rather be competitive in a championship.

If Paul owned the Repsol Honda team, then of course I'd want to be on his bike. I think it's important to be happy and I think that the organisers of BSB are doing a good job putting on an exciting show.
When you were following Josh Brookes in the last race of last season, with the title on the line, what do you think your team was thinking, 'pass Josh', or 'stay where you are'?

Shane Byrne:

Related Pictures

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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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February 19, 2013 12:21 PM

One of my favourite riders ever... Just always comes accross as a down to earth nice bloke who you could go for a pint with. Was cheering him on the podium at the final rounds at Brands was emotional when he pushed for the win. Just one of those amazing moments in sport similar to when Tommy Hill took the champ by a fraction the year before. Agreed I'd love to see him on a top bike in WSBK to see how he'd get on against his old rivals and friends. Also interested to hear the truth about the machinery was on when he was there as most haters and trolls say he had the best machinery and failed. Saying tha the only thing similar he had to Checa was the fairing would confirm what we all suspect.. Will be buying the book..

Mr Pirelli - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 8:20 AM

He's pretty much at the peak of his powers and it'd be great to see how he fares against the likes of Rea, Sykes, Haslam and Crutchlow now. For what it's worth, on an equivalent bike, I think he'd still beat them. I want to see him in WSBK.

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