By Dexter Fielding
Milwaukee Yamaha team boss Shaun Muir talks about his expectations for the 2013 season - when he will run the all new line-up of James Ellison and Josh Waters in BSB, plus William Dunlop and Conor Cummins on the Roads...
Shaun, what results do you expect to see from your British Superbike and Road teams in 2013?
We have thought very carefully about our plans for this season, having won the BSB title in 2011 and lost out last year we need to come back very strong. We signed James Ellison, a rider we have worked with before; he is coming back from MotoGP with a big point to prove and we think he is a certainty for the 'Title Showdown'.
With signing James it took a bit of pressure off me in signing the second rider. I wanted to take a bit of a risk that is why I have taken Josh Waters on. He is a young Australian; they are hungry and keen racers who have ambitious plans for themselves.
You only have to look at Josh Brookes, he has done himself no harm by coming to BSB and once Waters gets used to the circuits, he could also be in with a chance of the Showdown. He is here on a 2 year deal, so it is a very strong pairing.
Our two riders could really push each other to the chequered flag and they're also good development riders when testing and new parts arrive, so we should be championship contenders.
We have had two barren seasons in the road competitions. Signing Ian Hutchinson was a gamble, but it didn't pay off. We took a step forward in 2012 by competing in more road events and it was great to pitch ourselves against the other teams, so we came away from the events with a lot of good information and data which will assist us for this year.
I feel that we have got a good two-man road team with William Dunlop and Conor Cummins, you always need a two-strong rider team for the roads if you look at the competitions that are out there, we might not have the fastest individuals who can win each race, but we have got a very solid pairing who can push each other and develop ourselves further.
With William we have got a rider who is a favourite for both TT Supersport races and a podium in Superbike, while you can probably reverse that with Conor, a favourite for both Superbike races and a podium on the Supersport. If you look at depth and quality we have those bases covered, so that is the reason for selecting those riders.
Every time a Milwaukee Yamaha goes to the grid, we want to be challenging for podiums and if you are challenging for podiums, you have got a chance at winning.