BSB Donington Park: Shane Byrne “I’m ready for the new season”

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne is ready to formulate his battle plan for his Bennetts British Superbike Championship title defence starting this weekend at Donington Park (March 31 – April 2).

The reigning champion had a disastrous event at the Leicestershire circuit last season; crashing in warm up which left ruled out of both races. At the recent official test Byrne was second fastest; just adrift of one of his fiercest title rivals, Leon Haslam, and the six-time champion is gunning to get his season off to a winning start.

Shakey said: “I am excited for the first races of the season! I don’t really know how to gauge pre-season testing as Mother Nature intervened with a lot of it, although we have almost an identical bike to what we won the championship with last season, albeit a new one, so that should help with us getting up to speed from the off. Last year was a big tick for me to defend a title for the first time and so the next aim has to be Mackenzie’s three in a row, which is funny because I remember when three titles was the goal and now I am on six! I will of course be pushing hard to add to that tally and it is an important weekend coming up at Donington Park – we need to have a better start to the season than last year when I didn’t make it past warm up! However, in 2016 the Ducati worked well and we did the double so a repeat of that would be a nice way to start the season that’s for sure. I am so keen to get started now and see where we are at and where our competitors are at. It will be then time to create a battle plan and go from there!


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