Interview with Shane Byrne

The funny thing is, a round before at Silverstone, I was watching Keith [Farmer, team-mate] racing for the Superstock title. I saw how tense the moment was and Birdy was like 'Give him an 'OK' board! Give him an 'OK' board!' We just wanted Keith to bring it home and I remember thinking 'I wonder if it's like that when I'm out there'. It's something I never get to see.

I remember 3 or 4 laps before the end getting the 'OK' board and I thought maybe the tension for me was the same as that for Keith. It made me chuckle a bit.

Josh was setting a really fast pace, but it seemed to me that Josh wanted to win the race as fast as possible. I could just ride around behind him using him as a reference point, which was perfect.

I was thinking, 'I can't see you maintaining that', and sure enough he started moving around and backing it in. like I say, I then got the 'OK' board and I thought to myself 'Right, what now'.

I'd looked after my bike, didn't take any unnecessary risks and job done [Byrne won the race]. I think my team had a few kittens…
You won all five races held on the Brands GP circuit last year, what is it with you and Brands?

Shane Byrne:
I've won my last 7 races there but it's not always been my best friend. It can line you up for a bit of a fall. I'm not unbeatable at Brands, if I'm beaten there, no drama. I just like riding my motorbike, if they told me to ride it around the local one-way system, I'd be happy to do that too. It's a great track though and I love the place.
Are you are a nervy rider?

Shane Byrne:
No, I wouldn't have said so. I was nervous before the last race though, probably more than I've ever been, purely because one mistake could have changed the championship.

If you haven't got a certain amount of nerves before a race, there's something wrong with you. Going at 200 mph though a 3 inch contact patch will always do that. What makes you nervous is wanting to succeed, once the lights go out the nerves disappear.
You seem to be really in tune with your fans?

Shane Byrne:
I like to think I've got time for my fans. It's an important part of the sport, without them we couldn't go racing and Jonathan Palmer and Stuart Higgs couldn't do the great job they're doing. I'm very fortunate to have a good following and if spending 30 seconds saying 'Hello' and that makes someone happy for the weekend, then fantastic.
As a family man, do you feel pressure from them to stop racing because of the danger?

Shane Byrne:
The only pressure I feel from Petra is to make sure I win! She's fantastic, she understands the sport and we've been together for 7 years now, she's a key part of my preparation. It's the same as my children, seeing my little boy clapping for me after a race means a lot to me.

Related Pictures

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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [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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