2008 season overview with Jack
1. Did Shane Byrne deserve to maintain the British Superbike championship title?
I think so; Shane was very strong in the early rounds which allowed him to build up a huge point's lead which helped him when he wasn't quite as good mid-season.
2. In your opinion where does Shane Byrne get his edge?
He is a natural rider who seems to be very strong when on a Ducati.
3. What has been your greatest achievement this year?
There are a few achievements which mean a lot to me, the first being the fact that we turned the Official Suzuki BSB Team round and regularly finished in podium positions, again not only in BSB but WSBK as well.
4. What has disappointed you this season?
The disappointing start to the season when Tom suffered three incidents which were not his fault. It then took some time for Tom to get his confidence and points back on track. This plus an over enthusiastic attempt to pass Leon Haslam at Silverstone stopped us taking second overall in the Championship.
5. What are you doing during the off-season period?
Taking a well earned holiday in Thailand with Doris, it's where we re-charge the batteries! However I will be staying in touch with my team who will be developing the brand new GSXR1000 K9 in readiness to test in Spain before Christmas.
6. What is going to be your key focus for improvement with the team for next season?
To develop the new K9 into a race winner along with Sylvain Guintoli who joins the team from MotoGP.
7. What standing do you hope Crescent Suzuki will achieve next season?
It is ours and Sylvain's aim to win the Championship.
8. How far can Tom Sykes and Alsushi Watanabe go in their careers?
Tom can go all the way, that's why he has been snapped up by a leading factory WSBK Team.
9. What is the best part of working as a team manager?
Building a winning team were all its members are in the same mindset to win races.
The challenge you face and the exhilaration you get when injecting motivation into the team when we are going through a bad spell - and then the feel good factor is seeing the team come out strong the other end.
10. If somebody would like to become a race manager what credentials do that need?
Experience, good man management skills, an eye for attention to detail, is able to handle pressure, make quick but precise decisions and I like also to have a sense of humour.