MotoGP » Shane Byrne to make MotoGP return?

"Maybe we will let Shakey have a run out on the bike and rest James for a meeting" - Paul Bird.

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May 07, 2012 2:35 PM
Last Edited 1452 days ago

Have to agree with the majority here, this move comes across more as a penalty against Ellison for retiring the bike in Estoril rather than a constructive way forward in development.

If Bird wants to verify the chatter, why not just arrange a private test to send Shakey out for a few laps? No need to replace the regular rider for an entire GP.

On top of which, given that Byrne is totally unfamiliar with modern GP bikes, Bridgestone tyres, etc. how will it be possible for him to assess the potential of the PBM machine? He'll spend the whole weekend trying to find his feet in the class, as any superbike rider would.

This just seems like the gesture of a very impatient man, and not very fair on Ellison at all.

Kiyo Rulz - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:41 PM

The only reason Ellison is yet to score points is because the bike keeps breaking down! I really can't see Byrne being any quicker than Ellison, and anyway, at Jerez James was running with the rest of the CRT riders until the bike packed in again!

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:57 PM

Paul Bird obviously learnt his trade in the hallowed corridors of Ducati.
The man needs to see a shrink before he sends his rider to the mad house.
There must be a law against this sort of rider abuse. It's criminal!

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 2:57 PM

Why would Shane Byrne want to ride this bike in a MotoGP round? His priority is lifting the BSB title and it would be stupid to risk injury on a CRT bike.

As others have said it keeps breaking down, without which James would have scored a few points by now. The team had virtually no testing and need to do some private tests - for them each race weekend is effectively a test.

roadking03 - Unregistered

May 07, 2012 3:00 PM

Don't think it's an Ellison problem,the man has ridden other under achieving bikes,and did pretty well with them....I think PB needs to spend some money and get a bike worth riding!!!!!Hope it works out for James...deserves more than someone taking a crap on him...............

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