Reigning Bennetts British Superbike champion Shane Byrne has admitted he isn’t ready to throw in the towel and end his career.
The former Be Wiser Ducati man, who’s been serving as a TV pundit this season after his neck injury at the early-season Snetterton test, has been linked to a number of squads as it looks increasingly likely that he’ll make a comeback.
And while Byrne himself says that he’s not finished racking up wins, he has revealed that his future all depends on a neck scan next month.
“If I go to my scan in November and they say ‘you know what Shakey, your neck is as good as it was before’, then why not come back?” he said.
“I’m not ready to stop winning. I’m a motorbike racer and it’s what I love doing. It’s a drug that’s in you and you can’t get rid of it.”
The six-time champ also revealed that he’s not intimidated by anyone currently on the grid and says it could add to the glitz of a return to racing if he can beat some of the top names heading into the series.
“I don’t look at anyone on that [grid] and think to myself ‘oh my god there’s no point coming back now because he’s on it’. If anything for me it’d be an even more special thing to come back and try and beat the likes of Scott Redding and try to beat all the other guys to another title.
“But that all depends on November and I don’t want to get too excited about it because then I’ll get all down when it doesn’t happen.”