Shane Byrne has been awarded another prestigious trophy in British motorcycle racing after winning the Torrens Trophy. Founded in 1978 in memory of motorcycling journalist Arthur Torrens, the Torrens Trophy is awarded for a person or organisation’s outstanding contribution to safe and skilful motorcycling, or to have shown outstanding skill in international motorcycling sporting events, in the United Kingdom.
Byrne was recognised for his record-breaking fourth British Superbike Championship success and follows in the footsteps of world champions James Toseland and Tom Sykes, a source of real pride for Byrne.
“To be recognised for achievements in motorcycling by the RAC is fantastic and a great honour for both me, my PBM team and the MCE British Superbike Championship. I’ve worked so hard over many years to achieve my success and awards like this really do make it worthwhile. To see Tom’s and James’ name on there also means a lot to me too, Tom and I were PBM team-mates back in 2007 riding for Paul. Right now I’m looking forward to getting my title defence underway and can’t wait to get back out testing on the Kawasaki.”
Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team owner Paul Bird has added his congratulations and believes the award further demonstrates the quality of his team.
“This recognition is well deserved and the whole team is delighted for Shakey. He’s been a big part of our success for many years and it’s an honour to be acclaimed by such an institution as the RAC for his efforts. It’s not every day you get an invite to go somewhere like that! It’s testament to our team that the likes of James and Tom have won it too, both of whom went on to win World Championships after riding for us.”