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When a renegade road tester cocked his leg over a race bike at Silverstone in 1999, little did anyone expect him to become the most successful rider in British Championship history. But Shakey’s not finished yet…
Shakey’s on track for championship number six.

Shane Byrne turned 40 just before Christmas and 2017 sees him return as the five times and defending champion in one of the toughest series on the planet.

Reunited with his loyal and championship winning Be Wiser Ducati PBM team aboard the factory-backed Panigale R and armed with a year’s development under their belts, he started as red hot favourite to land title number six. But his season got off to the worst possible start when he crashed out at Donington Park’s opening round during the morning warm-up session and he was ruled out of action with concussion.

Away from the track, the son of a London train driver who was brought up on a council estate in Lambeth is happily married with two kids, financially secure and with property both here and in Spain.

Racing has been good to Shakey. But all good things come to an end and it’s surely getting to the point whereby he’s considering hanging up his leathers and retiring to the sunshine to sip sangria and chill by the pool?

Don’t you believe it. For here, in one of the frankest interviews he’s ever done, he tells us why he’s carrying on, what motivates him, and why he plans on a load more silverware, and how to spit the occasional dummy.

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