Record breaking four-time BSB champion Shane Byrne has been awarded the prestigious Torrens Trophy.

38-year-old Byrne attended the Royal Automobile Club's premises in Pall Mall to collect the award along with team boss Paul Bird, for whom he will defend his title this season.

James Toseland and Tom Sykes are among the recent trophy winners.

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"To be recognised for achievements in motorcycling by the RAC is fantastic and a great honour for both me, my PBM team and the MCE British Superbike Championship," Shakey said. "I've worked so hard over many years to achieve my success and awards like this really do make it worthwhile. To see Tom's and James' name on there also means a lot to me too, Tom and I were PBM team-mates back in 2007 riding for Paul. Right now I'm looking forward to getting my title defence underway and can't wait to get back out testing on the Kawasaki."

The Torrens Trophy was first awarded in 1978 in memory of Arthur Bourne, a motorcycling journalist who wrote a column under the name Torrens. Arthur Bourne was also a vice-chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.

The trophy is awarded to an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of safe and skilful motorcycling in the UK, or to have made an outstanding contribution of technical excellence to further the cause of motorcycling in the UK, or to have shown outstanding skill in international motorcycling sporting events in the UK.

Team owner Paul Bird stated: "This recognition is well deserved and the whole team is delighted for Shakey. He's been a big part of our success for many years and it's an honour to be acclaimed by such an institution as the RAC for his efforts. It's not every day you get an invite to go somewhere like that! It's testament to our team that the likes of James and Tom have won it too, both of whom went on to win World Championships after riding for us."

The opening round of the 2015 British Superbike Championship takes place at Donington Park on 4-6th April.