TALE OF FIVE TI­TLES

Motorcycle News (UK) - - SPORT -

Byrne’s five cham­pi­onship tro­phies take pride of place in the liv­ing room of his home on the Isle of Shep­pey in Kent, along­side his five cham­pi­onship-win­ning lids. While he says he’s not too sen­ti­men­tal about the sil­ver­ware, each ti­tle does mean some­thing dif­fer­ent.

2003

“The first ti­tle was spe­cial. Paul signed me at the end of 2002 and 2003 was our first year work­ing to­gether. We had a great year, won a load of races in BSB the two WSB races at Brands. It was re­ally nice to be able to say I was Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pion for the first time.”

2008

“This one was nice as it came on the back of a few tough years. I re­ally en­joyed rid­ing for GSE and Air­waves and for me this one was im­por­tant as it proved 2003 wasn’t a fluke as I’d come back and done it again.”

2012

“Again, this was an im­por­tant ti­tle for us. It was my first year back with Paul and Paul’s first back in BSB af­ter time in World Su­per­bikes. This was his first BSB ti­tle since the one I won for him back in 2003!”

2014

“This ti­tle meant I was the first rider to win four Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onships! I re­ally en­joyed rac­ing against Kiyo. The races were so close and a lot of fun. It was a shame Kiyo missed the fi­nal round.”

2016

“This year’s ti­tle was re­ally spe­cial be­cause it was some­thing dif­fer­ent. Du­cati hadn’t won a ti­tle in so long, they hadn’t even won a race in six years and ev­ery­body thought we were go­ing to strug­gle.”

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