Will Shakey make it six?

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Byrne is in a strong po­si­tion on his Du­cati go­ing into next year’s MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship, but it won’t be easy for the 40-yearold to se­cure a sixth ti­tle.

Leon Haslam pushed Byrne close in 2016 and was well in with a chance of clinch­ing the tro­phy had it not been for a dis­as­trous qual­i­fy­ing at the fi­nal round. While he’s switch­ing teams for 2017, a lot will re­main the same for Haslam as he sticks with Kawasaki. In fact, Kawasaki’s up­dated ZX10RR should iron out some of the tech­ni­cal glitches Haslam suf­fered mid-sea­son, mak­ing for an even more for­mi­da­ble pack­age.

World Su­per­bike Cham­pion (2014) Syl­vain Guin­toli will also re­turn to the se­ries af­ter sign­ing to ride for the Hawk Ben­netts Suzuki squad on the new GSX-R1000. Al­ready with a BSB win to his name, the French­man won’t be look­ing to make up the num­bers on his re­turn to the UK in 2017.

Join­ing him from WSB is Da­vide Gi­ugliano, who part­ners Chris­tian Id­don at Tyco BMW. The rapid and ag­gres­sive Ital­ian is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to race an in­line four, which he thinks will suit his pointand-squirt style, and could be a threat if he gets to grips with the Bri­tish tracks.

Af­ter im­press­ing aboard the old Honda Fire­blade in 2016, it would be fool­ish to write off Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran and Dan Lin­foot when look­ing at next year’s ti­tle fight. Armed with the new Fire­blade SP2, these two could cer­tainly step the game up next year.

James El­li­son and Michael Laverty will be look­ing to bounce back from a dif­fi­cult sea­son as they join the new MCAMS Yamaha team. Both for­mer cham­pi­onship con­tenders, will they flour­ish with a point to prove in 2017? It’s all shap­ing up nicely.

Shakey is back on the Pani­gale for 2017

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