BSB Q&A - Shane Byrne

“I'm hoping the rules for the BSB Showdown will be slightly modified next year” - Shane Byrne.
Shane Byrne was officially confirmed as remaining in the MCE British Superbike Championship with the PBM Kawasaki team on Wednesday evening.

Just before the announcement, Byrne held this wide ranging interview with during the team's test session at Cartagena.

Byrne lost out on a record fourth BSB crown to Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes in the final race of this season. The 37-year-old thus remains tied with Ryuichi Kiyonari and Niall Mackenzie for BSB titles, although Byrne's 2013 efforts have made him BSB's all-time record holder for race wins, with 51 victories...
Looking back at 2013 how do you feel the season went?

Shane Byrne:
I think that first and foremost there's nothing that I look back on about 2013 that I think 'I wish I had done this or I wish I had done that.' I did the best that I could for myself, the team and the fans. At Brands Hatch, for the last round, I was gutted for the fans that the weather was bad because if had been dry it would have been another one of those epic battles that Alex [Lowes] and I had been having.

I was feeling good and hoping that it would be dry and that we'd have three good races to decide who was going to be champion. I know that in the conditions that we raced in that I gave it my all, coming from the back of the grid, to catch Alex and had a bit of a battle at the end and he beat me. Obviously it was disappointing having been the current champion but I can look anybody in the eye and honestly say that I did my best.
How do you rate Alex compared to the other guys that you've gone up against in the BSB or MotoGP?

Shane Byrne:
Alex has really, really progressed since the Showdown last year and when he won at Silverstone last year he said to me that there was a lot more to come. As a rider you can see, if you look at a few different championships, when someone is coming and I knew that he'd be strong and jumping on the Samsung Honda he was only going to get stronger.

In the first part of the year everything was pretty cool and we won a lot of races and had some good battles but in the middle of the year we had a little bit of bad luck and little problems that cost us wins and he got a bit of momentum going. When you have a bit of momentum going it's hard to break and then at Assen it was a little bit unfortunate, obviously, and then at Silverstone I had a crash and it hurt me then it was Brands.

I think that Alex has matured into a really strong rider. We both had to ride on the limit to do what we did this season and he's now doing that without making the mistakes that he had made before. We all make little mistakes but now his little mistakes don't punish him as much as the big ones that he used to make.

I think that for me the wonderful thing about Alex is that he's jumped on the [Crescent] Suzuki, which isn't necessarily the most competitive bike in World Superbikes, and I know for a fact that he didn't use a qualifying tyre and he's fourth quickest.

Tagged as: Byrne

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - picture credit
Shane Byrne-Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki[pic credit: Freeze-Frame Photography]
Shane Byrne-Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Freeze-Frame Photography]
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Shane Byrne on teh Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Almeria
Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Almeria
Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Stuart Easton, Shane Byrne debut 2014 Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Shane Byrne at Cartagena Test (pic: Stephen English)
The Podium - picture credit
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - picture credit
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - picture credit
Champagne - Lowes, Byrne, Brookes picture credit
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - picture credit
Alex Lowes Samsung Honda 2013 BSB Champion - picture credit
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - picture credit

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


December 15, 2013 7:23 PM

I was GUTTED that Shakey didn't win his 4th title last year and even more fed up that he lost to Alex Lowes. The only worse outcome than that would have been if he'd lost it to Josh Brookes. Shakey is a fantastic rider and bloke and we think he's AMAZING and GREAT.

© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.