‘I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet’

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While it’s over a week since Byrne took his fifth Bri­tish Su­per­bike ti­tle, he still feels un­able to say ex­actly what that vic­tory means.

“Hon­estly, I don’t think it has sunk in yet, or if it has it wasn’t quite what I thought it might feel like. Ob­vi­ously I’m happy, but it just seems like the cham­pi­onship hap­pened. It hap­pened with a sixth place and that re­ally didn’t im­press me. There was a lit­tle bit of a party on the Sun­day night at Brands Hatch but noth­ing ma­jor, I’ve done a few in­ter­views since but other than that ev­ery day has been nor­mal.”

Not just a hol­i­day…

While the post-cham­pi­onship trip is a way for Byrne to chill out with Pe­tra and the kids, this doesn’t stop him train­ing and work­ing to­wards his ul­ti­mate goal of win­ning even more Bri­tish Su­per­bike ti­tles.

“I don’t train any more or any less than I ever have, but I prob­a­bly train a bit smarter,” he says. “I un­der­stand what I need and how I need to feel on my race bike and my way of achiev­ing that feel­ing is my lit­tle rou­tine. I don’t need some­body telling me to do 20,000 chin ups and 15,000 press ups and what­ever else to be fast on a mo­tor­bike. I need to be in a good place men­tally, and my family and my life in gen­eral puts me in that place, while the ex­er­cise I do takes care of the phys­i­cal de­mands of rac­ing a su­per­bike.

“I like cy­cling a lot, cy­cling around here in 24°C with such beau­ti­ful views, see­ing the sea and rid­ing in the moun­tains is what cy­cling is all about. Rid­ing around in Kent when it’s 5°C, pour­ing with rain and blow­ing a gale isn’t quite so much fun, so over the win­ter in the UK I’ll do two or three longer, gen­tle runs and then more in­tense stuff on the turbo trainer at home.”

While most of his train­ing fo­cuses on pedal power, Byrne, like many other rac­ers, ad­mits it is es­sen­tial to get that horse­power fix through the win­ter.

“I do like to keep fit by do­ing a bit of motocross, but I ac­tu­ally bust my­self up quite badly this time last year. I over-jumped a jump slightly, landed hard and badly broke my leg. I wasn’t al­lowed to talk about it at the time as the deal with Du­cati was just hap­pen­ing, but I don’t mind telling you now that walk­ing around the NEC show two weeks later was un­com­fort­able!

“But at the end of the day, su­per­bike rac­ing is a dan­ger­ous oc­cu­pa­tion and there’s a very high chance of get­ting hurt at some point or an­other. You could ar­gue that you don’t need to put your­self at any more risk by rid­ing a motocross bike, but ul­ti­mately we need to ride bikes.

“I’m fairly tempted to ask Du­cati for a road bike for the win­ter so I can maybe pop down to Spain and just ride bikes on tracks. There’s noth­ing other than my family and kids that I love more than rid­ing mo­tor­bikes any­way, so spend­ing as much time on them as I can is good for me!”

‘I don’t train any more or any less, but I prob­a­bly train a bit smarter’ SHANE BYRNE

Hav­ing wrapped up his fifth BSB ti­tle, Shakey is gun­ning for two more

The hills around Shakey’s Span­ish hol­i­day home are per­fect for hours of train­ing in the sad­dle

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