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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.

Crash.net:
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.

Crash.net:
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.

Crash.net:
Thanks for your time, it's been a pleasure.

Shane Byrne:
No problem!


*Quote corrected, sorry Shakey.



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BOND - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 6:46 AM

Top bloke, IMO one of the most naturally talented riders in the world! shame he never tot to win a World Championship - he certainly had/has the quality to do so

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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