July 5 2006
Both of Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne’s Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 race bikes were stolen last night from a locked garage at the Croft circuit, in North Yorkshire. Rizla Suzuki is offering a £10,000 reward for their safe return.
The bikes were garaged in preparation for the start of the official MCRCB two day test at the circuit, due to start this morning. The team left the circuit at around 20:00, and returned at 8:00 this morning to find the garage door open and the two bikes missing - along with parts and accessories. Airwaves Ducati and Red Bull Honda also had parts stolen last night. The police and circuit security have been called to the scene, and an investigation is underway.
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Rizla Suzuki Team Manager Robert Wicks said: “The priority now is to try and recover these stolen bikes. They are two very distinctive Rizla Suzuki race bikes, littered with hand-made parts and marked accessories that are useless to anyone bar a Superbike race team. Even if the bikes are broken down the parts will remain identifiable, and we will do everything within our power to trace them.
“We are giving our full co-operation to the police to find these bikes, and bring the thieves to justice. The team is offering a reward of £10,000 to anyone who can help the police with their investigation, that leads to the bikes being recovered and the thieves successfully prosecuted. Anyone with any information or suspicion should contact 01202-820170. Alternatively they can call the police direct.”
The theft of the bikes scuppers the two day test for Shakey and the team. “Shakey’s bikes were tailored to suit him, with one-off fitments and hand-built engines that took months to complete,” explained Robert. “To replace these will be immensely difficult - it sets us and Shakey back a long way.
“The thieves who have stolen these bikes are not fans of the sport, or friends to motorcycling in any way - they are simply thieves. I urge anyone with information to come forward and expose these thieves for the good of the team, Shakey and the legions of BSB and race fans in this country.”
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the stolen bikes, please call Darlington Police on 0845-6060365, or Rizla Suzuki direct on 01202-820170; or e-mail any information to pressoffice 'at' rizla-suzuki.co.uk. Any information supplied in confidence will remain in confidence.