Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 20 Nov 2014
British Superbike Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will remain in the series with the Paul Bird Motorsport outfit next season.
Byrne re-signs for the team after taking a record fourth British Superbike title in 2014 and will once again be joined by Scotsman Stuart Easton, who won this year’s British Superbikes Riders’ cup by finishing the highest-placed rider outside the ‘showdown’ top six.
2015 will be Byrne’s fourth consecutive season with the Paul Bird squad having now won three British Superbike titles under the Cumbrian team boss in 2003, 2012 and 2014.
Byrne said: “I had lots of very good offers from other teams, my main aim was always to stay with the PBM team and I'm delighted to remain with Paul Bird for 2015. It's important to have the best team around you and given our success over the past three years, it's a proven and established package which I feel at home with. I'm even more determined to go out there and win the title again so I'm particularly pleased to get this all sorted now and we can focus on our preparations for next season."
Bird added: "The plan was always to run Shakey and Stuart in MCE BSB next season and as both wanted to ride for us again, it was fairly straightforward. We've proved over the years what a successful package we have so none of us saw the need to change things. We will be the only official Kawasaki-supported team in the series next year and we don't plan on relinquishing our number one plate. We are more determined than ever to win the title again next season."
Byrne is believed to have been in serious talks with Tyco for the 2015 season with the Northern Irish outfit set to switch to BMW machinery, but a last minute glitch saw the Kent man back out of the deal to re-sign with Bird.