Eurosport has confirmed that Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will join its Bennetts British Superbikes team for the 2019 season.
After successful stint in 2018, Shakey’s joining the team full time alongside lead commentator Jack Burnicle, analysts James Whitham and James Haydon, presenter Matt Roberts and pit-lane reporter Rachel Stringer. Oh, and Greg Haines will be on hand to commentate on support races too.
The six-time BSB champion first made his debut in the Championship back in 1999, so who better to provide expert analysis at all 12 rounds of the 2019 season? Byrne will also be hosting a new 12-part podcast – ‘The Shakey Show’ – where he will review the action from each round, and get the inside scoop from the paddock. But that’s not all – he’ll also be fronting ‘Backtrack with Shakey’, a new short-form run digital series, where he will talk fans through some of his top track tips while sharing memories from circuits throughout the season.
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Shakey said: “I am delighted to be joining the Eurosport team for 2019. It’s the next best thing to racing, I get to be a part of a brilliant team and I’ll be involved in all of the action from every round, starting at Silverstone next weekend. Eurosport and the British Superbikes Championship are synonymous with each other and I can’t wait to be a part of yet another thrilling season.”
Simon Downing, Head of Channel at Eurosport, added: “Shane is a fantastic addition to the Eurosport superbikes team, and we are really excited to have him on board. His profile is unrivalled, and to have someone of his calibre will strengthen our coverage and help super-serve what we know is a hugely passionate audience. The Bennetts British Superbikes Championship is among Eurosport’s portfolio of premium content and we can’t wait for the season to get started.”
The action from the 2019 Bennett British Superbike Championship gets underway this weekend at Silverstone. For more information on how to watch the action live, click HERE.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
Round 1: 20-21 April, Silverstone Circuit
Round 2: 5-6 May – Oulton Park International
Round 3: 25-26 May – Donington Park
Round 4: 15-16 June – Brands Hatch GP
Round 5: 30 June – 1 July – Knockhill
Round 6: 20-21 July – Snetterton
Round 7: 3-4 August – Thruxton
Round 8: 17-18 August – Cadwell Park
Round 9: 7-8 September – Oulton Park International
Round 10: 21-22 September – TT Circuit Assen, Showdown 1
Round 11: 5-6 October, Donington Park, Showdown 2
Round 12: 19-20 October, Brands Hatch GP, Showdown 3