SHAKEY: I COULD HAVE RULED THE WORLD

Shakey says he’d swap all of his BSB ti­tles for just one WSB crown – and he could still win it!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK - BSB RE­PORTER oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

Shane Byrne still be­lieves he could win the World Su­per­bike ti­tle if he had the right bike.

The five-time MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike cham­pion told MCN: “I have some per­sonal goals I want to achieve in BSB, but if I’m com­pletely hon­est, I’d swap all five Bri­tish ti­tles for one world ti­tle. My per­sonal de­sire is still to be a world cham­pion, but at this stage I think that might be dif­fi­cult.

“It’s not my age, look at Bayliss, Bi­aggi and Checa, they were all in their 40s when they won world ti­tles, but at this mo­ment in time the prob­lem is be­ing able to se­cure a bike in WSB that would give you the chance to fight at the very front.

“With­out tak­ing any­thing away from any of the guys in WSB, with the ex­cep­tion of Chaz they are all guys I’ve beaten be­fore. Even Cal, who’s now win­ning in Mo­togp, he fin­ished sec­ond to me in BSB the last time we all raced to­gether.”

When Byrne raced full-time in WSB in 2009/10, he didn’t feel he had the pack­age to chal­lenge at the front. But hav­ing taken two stun­ning vic­to­ries as a wild­card at Brands Hatch in 2003, he has no doubt he could have been world cham­pion had he made the switch ear­lier.

“In my ca­reer, I’d say I’ve made two ‘boo-boos’. The first was rid­ing the kit SP1 in BSB in 2000 when I could have rid­den the fac­tory Kawasaki, and the sec­ond was opt­ing to stay in Mo­togp in 2005 when I could have rid­den some very good bikes in WSB. I could have been on the Yamaha or Du­cati and we could be sat hav­ing a very dif­fer­ent conversation right now.

“It might not have been that straight for­ward, but the of­fer was there to ride one of the best bikes in WSB at the time. Maybe if I’d gone then I could still be in WSB now! There is ab­so­lutely no doubt in my mind what­so­ever that given a shot on a de­cent bike I could have been the world cham­pion.”

While he’s still got the de­sire to be king of the world, Byrne re­mains re­al­is­tic that his fu­ture is in the Bri­tish Su­per­bike se­ries and has em­braced that fact and the ex­tra fam­ily time that comes with it.

“I doubt there’s any racer out there who doesn’t want to be world cham­pion, but I re­ally do love BSB. It’s a great cham­pi­onship and it’s re­ally fun to race in be­cause it’s al­ways so com­pet­i­tive.

“I’m rid­ing for the best team in the pad­dock and ev­ery week­end I have the chance to fight for vic­tory and when I’m done, I can pack up and be home on Sun­day night in time to put the kids to bed and take them to school the next morn­ing. That’s so im­por­tant for me; fam­ily is ev­ery­thing so it’s good to have that bal­ance in my life. I get to go rac­ing, which I’m en­joy­ing more than ever, but I also get to be the dad again on Sun­day night and Mon­day morn­ing.”

‘In my ca­reer, I’d say I’ve made two ‘ boo-boos’’

Shakey gave the WSB reg­u­lars red faces when he won the dou­ble in 2003 at Brands

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