After another epic season of racing, MCN’s sports team of Michael Guy (Sports Editor), Simon Patterson (MotoGP reporter) and Oli Rushby (Superbike reporter) sat down to discuss who impressed them the most in each race series we cover – and to whittle down a shortlist of exactly who was the most impressive racers of the season.
With that in mind, we’ve came up with a list of six – but we need your help to cut that down to award the 58th running of our Man of the Year award!
Shane Byrne won his first British Superbike title (and earned an MCN Man of the Year award in the process!) all the way back in 2003 – so taking his sixth championship against ferocious competition in 2017 is surely the crowning achievement of the Kent rider’s incredible career in the domestic series.
It was possibly his hardest title yet too, thanks to a tough start to the season and ferocious competition from Leon Haslam and Josh Brookes, with the championship battle set to go down to the final round of the season at Brands Hatch even without BSB’s Showdown format – and with Byrne heading to the finale more as a dark horse than a title favourite.
Even more impressively for him, the championship comes as the veteran of the class turns 41 years old, one of the elder statesmen of the championship but yet still able to dice with his younger opposition week in and week out on the PBM Ducati.
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