Interview with Shane Byrne

We've got a few bits to test, but the BSB organisers have put a ban on Spanish testing and we've only got a certain number of days.

Because we've got absolute continuity, it's a good thing for us - and Josh Brookes. But for someone new like Josh Waters it's going to be more difficult.

I don't really see the point of putting a ban on testing in Spain because the team at the back of the grid can't afford to do it anyway, and if you can't afford to do the job properly, then don't come and do it, full stop.

We only tested a handful of days last season. The fact that someone at the back of the grid can't afford to go testing in Spain isn't Paul Bird's or Sean Muir's problem. I'm against the ban.
Some riders like Guy Martin like to get involved in the technical side of their bikes, do you?

Shane Byrne:
As soon as a rider gets too involved in the technical side of things and dictates to their mechanics, then that's when it all goes wrong.

*I shouldn't say it, but that's why John McGuinness jumps on his bike and wins year in, year out. Guy likes to pull things to pieces and that makes him happy, but he hasn't won one yet.

I don't get involved whatsoever, I give the team the feedback and let them change the bike to let me ride it better. I don't tell them which springs to use, I just tell them what I want.
Do you enjoy being famous?

Shane Byrne:
I wouldn't say I am. I'm not beating people off with sticks. Sometimes people come up and say 'hello'. Maybe you're famous at the race track, but not really away from the track. I like people coming over to say 'Hi' or whatever.
Thanks for your time, it's been a pleasure.

Shane Byrne:
No problem!

*Quote corrected, sorry Shakey.

Related Pictures

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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]
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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