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Shane 'Shakey' Byrne - 2006 Rider Profile

2006 Rider Profiles
Shakey Byrne

Regarded as one of Britain's best riders, Shakey returns to British Superbikes in 2006 after two years competing in MotoGP, where he earned the respect of the world's racing elite. He won the British Superbike Championship in 2003 and in the same year took a magnificent double victory in the Brands Hatch round of World Superbikes. At 28-years-of-age, he has a bright future.

The Facts;

  • Residence: Zurich
  • Place of Birth: London
  • Nationality: British
  • Date of Birth: 10/12/1976
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Height: 176cm
  • Weight: 69kg
  • Hobbies: Motocross, Skiing, Snowboarding & Keeping Fit
  • Car: BMW X5
  • Fav. Food: Salad or pasta
  • Career Highlights;

  • 2004 - 2005: MotoGP class
  • 2003: MonsterMob Ducati, number 4 Ducati;

    Taking over on the machine of reigning title holder Steve Hislop, Shane wrapped up the championship with two rounds to run. An early season burst of nine wins in 11 races set him on course. He also recorded three pole positions and seven fastest laps. Also raced a number 67 Ducati in the Brands WSB rounds, winning both races. These results put him 15th in the championship after nine rounds.

    2002: Team Renegade Ducati, number 8 Ducati;

    For his first year on a full works Superbike, Byrne became a front-running regular on the 998R TestaStretta. His first win came at a wet-dry Donington, in the first race of round three, and he was only beaten by team-mate Michael Rutter in the second. Other wins came at Knockhill and Thruxton, and he was in the top five for a total of 16 races. With three fastest laps, his points total of 294 placed him fourth. Also raced a number 55 Ducati in the British WSB rounds, finishing fifth, ninth and 10th twice.

    2001: Performance House, number 11 Suzuki;

    With an impressive 20 finishes in the top eight, including three fifths, plus fourths at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch, Shakey was easily the privateer champion. Indeed, he took the GSX-R750 to 22 class wins in a 26 race series. 204 points in the main championship were enough for eighth place in the final table.

    1999: Harris Performance; number 50 Kawasaki;

    Shane began the season on a Honda in the Supersport class, but was soon drafted onto the Harris ZX-7RR for his first British Superbike experience. From round six of the series, he scored several points finishes, the best of which were two sevenths and two eighths. For the final round, at Donington Park, Shane rode the number 3 Team Kawasaki bike, finishing fifth and sixth. These results helped him onto 67 points, and 15th overall.

    2000: Harris Honda Britain, number 16 Honda;

    Although he missed some mid-season races through injury, Shane piloted the SP-1 to 14th position, with 10 top 10 results. The best of these were sevenths at Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park, and another fifth at the second Brands meeting. He scored 80 points.

  • 1998: 6th in British Supersport championship, on a Yamaha ThunderCat. Won at Snetterton.
  • 1997: Club racing; Supersport 600 Champion. First national race win at Cadwell Park, on a Supersport Honda.
  • 1996: Road racing debut, with a Kawasaki. Won first time out; broken wrist ended season early.
  • 1993: Schoolboy motocross. Four wins in five months.
  • 1988: Trials riding debut. One win from four events.