Shane Byrne will continue his pursuit of a fourth British Superbike Championship after extending his stay with the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team. The Londoner will be partnered at the Paul Bird squad by reigning British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton, renewing their partnership of 2012.
Byrne was pipped to the title in 2013 by Alex Lowes in a tense final race and although he was always staying for another season, the heartbreak of Brands Hatch in October has increased ‘Shakey’s’ motivation for next year.
“Paul and I agreed a deal ages back and I’m made up I’ll be racing for the PBM Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team once again in 2014. We came so close to defending our title that it makes us even more determined to win it back this season and I know I’ve got the most competitive package to do that. We had a successful test in Spain earlier this week so I’m feeling confident already.”
Easton is looking forward to competing in the Superbike class once again and feels the successful year spent in Supersport has enable him to recapture his best form.
“I’m pleased to be back in BSB on the Kawasaki ZX-10. It was brilliant to win the British Supersport title last year as it got me fit and back to form so now I feel I’m ready to step up to BSB again which is where I want to be. My first run out on the bike in Spain was very positive and I was on the pace so can’t wait for another outing in preparation for the season ahead.”
PBM have also confirmed their 2014 MotoGP rider line-up with Broc Parkes joining Michael Laverty and team owner Paul Bird is expecting big things in the new year.
“It’s taken a little while but I’ve got the four riders I wanted in the two championships I wanted to race in. We’ve done a lot of spade work in MotoGP over the past two seasons so the plan is to build on that and work with our partners and Michael and Broc are very capable of delivering. As for BSB, it really hurt us losing our crown to Honda of all people so Shakey’s back to try and reclaim it and Stuart will be a major contender too.”