BSB: Byrne: No plans to retire at end of two-year deal

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MCE British Superbike Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has said he has no plans to retire at the end of his new two-year deal.  

The agreement, which was announced in MCN on Wednesday, will see Byrne compete for the Be Wiser PBM Ducati team for the 2017 and 2018 BSB seasons but the five-time champ says retirement isn’t currently on the cards for 2019.

While he’s set to turn 40 next month, Byrne is adamant he will continue racing until he feels he can no longer compete at the front. 


“This deal doesn’t necessarily mean that these two years are going to be my last years in racing,” he said. “If I win the title in both of the years, I might be happy but it also might be that at the end of next year I’ll be thinking ‘come on Ducati we need to up our game to beat the new Honda’ or whatever else could be fast next year.

“I’ve said before that five titles aren’t enough for me. I want at least another two if not three. For me, as long as I get up in the morning and want to train, as long as I feel I can win races there’s no point in stopping because apart from my family, there’s nothing I love more than racing motorbikes. Why should I stop just because I’m getting older if I can still win races and take titles?” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing