Shane Byrne (motorcycle racer)

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Shane Byrne
Shane Byrne in 2013 cropped.JPG
Byrne at Oulton Park British Superbikes in 2013
Nationality British
Born (1976-12-10) 10 December 1976 (age 38)
Lambeth, London
Current team Paul Bird Motorsport
Bike number 67
Website shakey.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20042005
Manufacturers Aprilia, Honda, Proton-KTM
Championships 0
2005 Championship position 24th (6 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
20 0 0 0 0 24
Superbike World Championship
Active years 20022003, 2009–present
Manufacturers Ducati
Championships 0
2009 Championship position 8th (192 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
54 2 3 0 1 395

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne (born 10 December 1976 in Lambeth, London)[1], often known as Shakey, is a British motorcycle road racer. He is a four-time champion of the British Superbike Championship (2003,[2] 2008,[3] 2012 and 2014), a race winner in the Superbike World Championship[4] and a former competitor in MotoGP.[5]

Early days[edit]

While working as a road tester for Colin Schiller's Fast Bikes magazine, Byrne participated in track days on a Ducati 996 SPS, impressing Paul Bird at a wet Oulton Park, who was to become his future boss.

Byrne emerged in the British Superbike Championship in 1999, initially on a private Kawasaki. In 2001 he was 8th in the championship on board the performance house Suzuki (which was raced in wsb in 1997 by the Harris brothers,and is now being restored back to this spec). Byrne had 5 top-5 finishes in the 2001 season, and was comfortably champion of the Cup for privateers - he was the privateer winner in 22 races out of 26.[6]

Success[edit]

He then joined Renegade Ducati for 2002, taking his first BSB win, and replaced reigning champion Steve Hislop with MonsterMob for 2003. He stunned the paddock by storming to a string of wins, taking the title with ease. He impressed further by achieving a double win at Brands Hatch for the British round of the Superbike World Championship.

International racing[edit]

Byrne riding a Proton KTM at the 2005 British Grand Prix

For 2004 he joined fellow Brit Jeremy McWilliams in MotoGP with Aprilia,[7] although he missed several races through injury. He spent much of 2005 racing for Kenny Roberts' team on a KTM bike,[8] before they were forced to pull out due to an internal dispute between the chassis and engine manufacturers.[9] He raced in Malaysia and Qatar for Camel Honda replacing the injured Troy Bayliss, but after finishing 14th and 13th Byrne did not impress Honda enough and was replaced by Chris Vermeulen.[10]

Back to Britain[edit]

For 2006 he returned to the British Superbike championship with Rizla Suzuki squad.[11] His first podium came in race 7, despite a severe stomach bug that weekend.He missed races 11 and 12 after a 187 mph crash caused by a brake failure, although he was not seriously hurt. At Knockhill he qualified 2nd, and followed a 2nd place finish in race 1 with the team's first win of the season in race 2. This was despite the team's bikes having been stolen and dumped in a barn alongside horse manure a week previously. At the final round of the season he was running 3rd when he highsided, being knocked out in the process. Although he again escaped serious injury, he was unable to contest the final race of the year, which meant he slipped from 4th to 6th in the championship standings.[12]

For 2007, Byrne was re-united with his former Monstermob boss Paul Bird who was now running the Stobart Vent-Axia team, a privateer team using the 1000cc Honda Fireblade. The Honda was competitive from the start, giving Byrne more opportunities to fight at the front. He finished fifth overall, with a win, a pole position, and nine further podiums.[13]

For the 2008 British Superbike championships, Byrne competed for the Airwaves Ducati squad on a Ducati 1098 alongside Leon Camier.[14] The combination was immediately dominant. He won three of the opening four races - in the second race at Oulton Park he went wide on lap one, dropping to 13th place, but fought back. Almost immediately after he passed Cal Crutchlow for third place, Leon Haslam hit Tom Sykes, giving Byrne the lead. This race was stopped four laps early, after several riders including Crutchlow and Karl Harris fell. In race 2 at Snetterton he was held up by a crashing Harris on lap 1, dropping to 13th before fighting back to win. He finished each of the first 14 races on the podium, often coming through the field after poor starts.

Byrne returned to the British Superbike Championship in 2011, this time with Lincolnshire based HM Plant Honda alongside Japanese rider and three time BSB Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.

In 2012, Byrne makes a welcome return to Paul Bird Motorsport, along with Stuart Easton.

World Superbikes[edit]

24 hours after clinching the British Superbikes Championship, Byrne confirmed that he would contest the 2009 World Superbikes championship with the Sterilgarda Ducati team, teamed with Alex Polita.[15] This was his first full-time World Superbike campaign, although he has made successful wild card appearances in the past.[16] Byrne became Sterilgarda Ducati's sole rider in February (due to apparent financial problems forcing Polita out) and recorded his first podium with the team, a second place, in the first race at the San Marino round of the championship.

Due to financial problems, the Sterilgarda team failed to announce its intention to compete in the 2010 Superbike World Championship season, leaving Byrne without a confirmed ride for 2010. In November 2009, Byrne announced that he signed for the Althea Racing team for the 2010 season. He raced alongside former Honda rider Carlos Checa.[17] He was well behind Checa in performance, had no top five finishes by midseason, and said he was "bitterly disappointed" with the season as a whole.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Byrne married Czech-national Petra in November 2010. The couple have two children, and share their time between homes in Kent and Spain.

Career statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of 19 October 2014

By championship[edit]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2
2006 Suzuki BHI
6
BHI
11
DON
5
DON
NC
THR
5
THR
8
OUL
2
OUL
3
MON
C
MON
C
MAL
4
MAL
5
SNE
SNE
KNO
2
KNO
1
OUL
4
OUL
5
CRO
5
CRO
4
CAD
4
CAD
Ret
SIL
Ret
SIL
4
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
DNS
6th 224 [12]
2007 Honda BHGP
4
BHGP
13
THR
4
THR
3
SIL
Ret
SIL
Ret
OUL
6
OUL
3
SNE
Ret
SNE
3
MON
2
MON
2
KNO
4
KNO
5
OUL
2
OUL
3
MAL
1
MAL
3
CRO
9
CRO
7
CAD
4
CAD
Ret
DON
3
DON
6
BHI
6
BHI
Ret
5th 293 [19]
2008 Ducati BHGP
C
BHGP
C
THR
1
THR
2
OUL
1
OUL
1
BHGP
1
BHGP
2
DON
1
DON
1
SNE
2
SNE
1
MAL
1
MAL
2
OUL
3
OUL
3
KNO
2
KNO
Ret
CAD
3
CAD
3
CRO
5
CRO
4
SIL
3
SIL
2
BHI
1
BHI
1
1st 474 [20]
2011 Honda BHI
1
BHI
3
OUL
6
OUL
3
CRO
Ret
CRO
1
THR
3
THR
1
KNO
3
KNO
2
SNE
3
SNE
4
OUL
4
OUL
C
BHGP
16
BHGP
1
BHGP
3
CAD
3
CAD
3
CAD
4
DON
4
DON
8
SIL
5
SIL
5
BHGP
6
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
3rd 625 [21]
2012 Kawasaki BHI
7
BHI
C
THR
4
THR
3
OUL
11
OUL
2
OUL
1
SNE
Ret
SNE
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
OUL
3
OUL
3
OUL
2
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
CAD
DNS
CAD
DNS
DON
DON
ASS
1
ASS
2
SIL
2
SIL
2
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
1st 683 [22]
2013 Kawasaki BHI
1
BHI
3
THR
1
THR
1
OUL
Ret
OUL
1
KNO
1
KNO
1
SNE
3
SNE
1
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
1
OUL
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
CAD
2
CAD
4
DON
2
DON
2
ASS
2
ASS
Ret
SIL
2
SIL
1
BHGP
3
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
3
2nd 636 [23]
2014 Kawasaki BHI
1
BHI
1
OUL
1
OUL
2
SNE
1
SNE
1
KNO
2
KNO
1
BHGP
2
BHGP
5
THR
2
THR
2
OUL
3
OUL
3
OUL
2
CAD
2
CAD
2
DON
2
DON
2
ASS
Ret
ASS
1
SIL
1
SIL
2
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
1st 682
  • * Season in progress
Notes[edit]
1.^ – 2011-2012 Byrne qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the 11th round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 3, 2 and 1 points awarded respectively.
2.^ – 2013 Byrne qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the 10th round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 3, 2 and 1 points awarded respectively.
3.^ – 2014 Byrne qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the 10th round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 5, 3 and 1 points awarded respectively.

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Pos Class Bike ESP
Spain
AUS
Australia
JPN
Japan
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
SMR
San Marino
USA
United States
GBR
United Kingdom
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2003 SBK Ducati 1 1 16th 50
Yr Class Team AUS
Australia
QAT
Qatar
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 SBK Ducati Ret Ret 6 12 9 11 11 8 14 18 9 Ret 11 10 2 6 5 4 4 8 10 Ret Ret 7 8 7 4 4 8th 192 [24]
Pos Class Bike AUS
Australia
POR
Portugal
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2010 SBK Ducati 14 12 6 7 Ret 8 9 8 13 9 15 13 6 7 9 7 12 9 9 8 9 10 8 6 9 8 10th 169 [25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "shakey.com". shakey.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shane Byrne in demand from MonsterMob owner Bird". Sport Network (Durham Associates Group). 2005-01-16. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  3. ^ Martin, Jimmy (2008-11-10). "2008 British Superbike Season Review". motorbikesport.co.uk (Motorbike Sport). Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  4. ^ Korfhage, Brian (2003-07-27). "2003 WSB Brands Hatch Results". Motorcycle USA (Motorcycle USA, LLC.). Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  5. ^ Moakes, Dan (2003-11-15). "‘Shakey’ Byrne moves into MotoGP with Aprilia". Sport Network (Durham Associates Group). Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  6. ^ "2001 British Superbike Championship". Superbike Racing. Bravenet. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Aprilia launch 2004 MotoGP campaign". maxmoto.co.uk (MaxMoto). 2004-03-22. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  8. ^ "Shaky start for Shane Byrne at Jerez". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  9. ^ "KTM Ends MotoGP Effort". WebBikeWorld (webWorld International, LLC). 2005-07-20. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Vermeulen confirmed at Camel Honda". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2005-10-03. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Rizla Suzuki test without Haydon". SuperBike (IPC Media Ltd). 2005-12-16. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  12. ^ a b "2006 British Superbike Championship". Superbike Racing. Bravenet. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  13. ^ "2007 Bennetts British Superbike Championship". Superbike Racing. Bravenet. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  14. ^ Crook, Tasha (2007-11-07). "Airwaves Ducati Back In BSB With Byrne & Camier". LondonBikers (Media Panther Ltd.). Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  15. ^ "Polita joins Byrne at Sterilgarda". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  16. ^ "Byrne confirms WSB move". Insidebikes (Carole Nash). 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  17. ^ "Byrne makes switch to Althea Ducati". Insidebikes (Carole Nash). 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  18. ^ "Byrne ‘bitterly disappointed’ with season". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  19. ^ "Shane Byrne Biography". motorbikesport.co.uk. Motorbike Sport. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  20. ^ Briggs, Gemma (13 October 2008). "Byrne bows out of British Superbikes with two wins at Brands Hatch". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  21. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/407432/standings.pdf
  22. ^ "Round 7 - Standings". MotorSportVision Racing. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Round 12 - Standings". MotorSportVision Racing. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  25. ^ "2010 Standings Riders - FIM Superbike World Championship". Superbike World Championship. Infront Motor Sports. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 

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