The 2011 'showdown' did you a favour in terms of winning the British Superbike championship, but last year it really turned your season around badly. Are you a fan of the 'Showdown'?
That's tough. We have a bike that is more difficult to set-up than anyone else on the grid. It is a very balanced chassis, but looking at the championship, we need to work harder at the Showdown rounds than the other teams out there.
For us, it is an issue as it changes the testing program that we have put forward. I am an advocate of the testing ban abroad. We need to be testing at the Showdown races as that is where we need to be at the end of the year with both riders.
I'm a bit 50/50 with the Showdown rules as it could've affected the rider choice in signing Josh Waters. If the Showdown rules were not in place, I might have gone for another rider and not selected Josh.
As I've said, Josh can get used to the tracks and hopefully fire himself into the Showdown. The end result is that the top riders have got to perform at all circuits and that includes us. We've got to take the rules as they are and stop complaining about it.
I personally think Tommy lost the championship due to the Showdown last year. We didn't do enough to win it and we will prepare ourselves better than last year. If we do that, then we could be in a position to win the championship at Brands, unlike 2012 where we weren't. This year we have to be in with a chance of winning the title.
The British Superbike R1 will have factory developed equipment, but are the road bikes a Shaun Muir Racing in-house job?
The chassis on the British Superbike is ex-WSBK factory from 2011, so it is effectively a Yamaha Japan item. The engines are our own SMR development, but with the rules we can't do too much with that really.
Supersport, there isn't anything that is a 'factory' Yamaha Supersport, but we have got the best kit out there that is available to anyone on the roads. It really is down to who builds the best bikes and the best bikes will win the races.
William will contest the first three rounds of the British Supersport Championship and it will be as strong a bike as we can give him. When the road competitions start, William and Conor will have the same spec machines and the best Yamaha R6s and R1s that we can give to them.