Byrne: People question why I've stayed

Shakey sheds light on his continued commitment to British Superbikes

REIGNING British Superbike champion Shane Byrne claims he had no difficulty in turning down the opportunity to move to MotoGP instead opting to stay in the domestic series. 

Paul Bird had set his sights on Byrne to replace James Ellison in the CRT class - but Byrne rejected Bird's GP offer out of hand, instead staying put in Bird's BSB squad, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

Byrne has raced in both MotoGP and World Superbikes in the past, but with the opportunity to become one of BSB's greatest ever, the temptation to continue winning was too much. 

In an interview with BBC Radio Kent, he said: 'I've been to MotoGP and come back and tried World Superbikes. I'm loving being back,

'Why would I leave? All I've done is equal a record with two other riders [by winning three BSB titles] – I aim to break records not equal them.'

Ryuichi Kiyonari and Niall Mackenzie are the only other riders to have sealed a hat-trick of BSB championships.

Byrne competed in MotoGP in the 2004/2005 season, but had little impact - he attributes this to poor machinery and admits that the experience was a 'bitter pill to swallow'.

'What do I need to prove at that level? It really, really annoys me when people question why I've stayed and say I'm not getting any younger. I'm two race wins from being the most successful ever race winner in BSB, I'm fighting for an unprecedented fourth title and I'm hungrier than ever. So to be questioned like that really makes me angry but all it does is fire me up more.

'We've seen what can happen with Rossi struggling these last two years.

'I don't want to leave BSB to wobble around in 10th or 15th. I'm a winner.'

This year's British Superbikes championship begins on the 7th of April. 

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