Byrne, Easton form PBM BSB return line-up

PBM will embark on its first BSB season since 2007 and has enlisted the services of two of its former riders.
Paul Bird Motorsport has confirmed its return to the MCE British Superbike Championship with the signing of its former title-winning rider Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton.

The British-based outfit rejoins the domestic scene after four seasons spent competing on the World Superbike Championship stage, with three of those years spent as the team behind Kawasaki's factory-backed effort.

Despite its split with the manufacturer at international level, PBM will continue as a factory Kawasaki team in BSB, as well as embark on an ambitious sideline project that will see it compete in MotoGP with James Ellison riding a CRT bike.

For its BSB challenge, PBM has snared Byrne, who won the 2003 title for the team on a Ducati, and Easton, who is plotting his return to action having spent much of the 2011 season out through injury.

For Byrne, who finished third in 2011 with HM Plant Honda, he is delighted to be pairing with PBM again having last ridden a Honda for him in 2007.

"It's a bit like coming home as this will be the third time I'll have ridden for Paul and it's quite funny as you spend five minutes with the team and it's as if you've never been away! The team always puts out competitive bikes and the Kawasaki will be a major threat I reckon. You know Paul wouldn't be coming back to BSB if he didn't think he could win it so I think we'll have a real good shot at the title."

Easton, who hasn't competed since the horrific accident at the North West 200 that left him in hospital, can't wait to get back into action.

"My injuries are healing well and everything should be sorted in time for me to start testing with the team as planned. It's great to be back with PBM and I appreciate the support they have given me this year whilst I was out. We have enjoyed so much success together in the past, I'm really looking forward to this challenge and if we can replicate that it will be great."

Having won races during its BSB wild-card outings at Brands Hatch in 2010, Bird is confident he has a package capable to taking Kawasaki to its first title since 1992.

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November 09, 2011 9:58 AM

Paul Bird is a man of his word regarding Stuart Easton..He has been there,done it and got the T shirts and i am sure Shakey will be a contender for the title and it will just be nice to see Stuart back on a bike getting back upto speed. GOOD LUCK to PBM for 2012.


November 09, 2011 11:13 AM

@Nick636 - I hope you're right about Stuart getting back up to speed, but after his injuries its going to be a big ask. As for beating Shakey, I have my doubts - he's still one of the fastest riders out there. Fair play to Birdy for sticking behind Stuart.

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