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Byrne strives for five MCE BSB titles with PBM in 2015

Thursday, November 20 2014

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, crowned MCE Insurance British Superbike Champion for a record-breaking fourth time this season, will defend his title in 2015 after re-signing for the Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) team.  

Byrne has won three of his four titles with PBM, including this year's on board the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki after a season-long battle with triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.  The Kent rider is focused on adding to his record-breaking achievements next season.

Byrne said: "It has been another fantastic year for me and the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team, winning a fourth title, to make it two Championship wins from the past three seasons together. For 2015 I had some really interesting options available, but after weighing everything up the decision to stay with the team and with Paul Bird was a no-brainer.

"I am really happy to be back with the team next season as I feel almost like it is my own with the relationship we have built up over the last few years and how well we all work together. We want to be fighting at the front again in 2015 and our aim is to set the bar even higher and make it five titles!"

The team's line-up is completed by Scot Stuart Easton, who returns as Byrne's team-mate for the second consecutive season. Easton won the British Supersport title in 2013 before returning to the Superbike class last season with PBM. He scored a pair of podium finishes and narrowly missed out on a position in the Showdown before claiming an impressive victory in last weekend's Macau Grand Prix.

Easton said: "I am looking forward to continuing with PBM in 2015, as in the last third of the season we found some real pace and it was very promising. We can come back next year stronger. To be given another year with this bike and in this team is ideal for me and I want to step it up and run consistently at the sharp end in 2015."

Team Owner Paul Bird commented: "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."

Tickets for all MSV rounds of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship are now on sale at 2014 prices if ordered before Christmas. Entry for all events is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.