New life Down Under for Shane

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RETIRING Sheffield skipper Shane Parker has a new business lined up - and he’s not ditching the bikes!

Veteran Aussie Parker, 41, bowed out from British racing last week after 22 years. Despite not being home yet, ‘The Messiah’ already knows what he’s going to do when he hangs up his kevlars. He said: “I’ve been collecting custom-made chopper bikes for a while. I’ve bought equipment back home and I’ve got some stuff here, so I want to get into it when I get home. It’s something I’d really like to do long-term, whether it gets off the ground as a business I don’t know but I’m going to give it a shot.

“After speedway I don’t want to get home and do a job that I don’t enjoy. I need to find something I enjoy doing. I watch all the chopper programmes on telly and it fascinates me.”

Parker has revealed plans for a farewell meeting next season, which will take place on March 18; the opening meeting of the Owlerton season.

“Chris Holder and Darcy Ward have both said they’ll do it, which is great as they’re both now GP riders” he said. “I’ve asked Greg Hancock, (new World Champion) Kenneth Bjerre, Freddie Lindgren, Nicki Pedersen, I’ll ask Jason Crump too.”