Shaun Muir Racing has revealed its plans for the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship with the announcement that it will enter James Ellison and Josh Waters under the brand-new Milwaukee Yamaha banner.
Winner of the BSB title with Tommy Hill in 2011, SMR has run with title backing from Swan for the last three seasons, but with neither its lead rider nor sponsor continuing with the team next year, it will adopt an entirely new look for 2013.
Heading up the team will be Ellison, who returns to BSB competition and the SMR team after two seasons spent competing in the World Supersport Championship and, most recently, in MotoGP as part of Paul Bird's CRT effort.
A runner-up in 2009 aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1, Ellison is delighted to be competing at BSB level again, adding that he feels he has 'unfinished business' after seeing his title hopes on a Swan SMR Honda in 2010 scuppered by injury.
“I am really happy to be part of this team and the championship again as I feel that I still have unfinished business,” he said. “I have seen how the championship has unfolded this year and I am really looking forward to coming back. The level of competition is definitely very high and you could see that from last season, but I know this is a strong team who are hugely capable and share the same goals.
“I am now looking forward to testing the Milwaukee Yamaha as the technical rules have changed since I last raced in BSB, which should suit me better as I prefer riding without traction control! I know I achieved a lot this year and now I am returning focused and confident about 2013.
“In 2009 I was second in the championship and I then joined SMR and we would have been fighting for the title if it hadn't been for injury so I know that together we have the ability to put the Milwaukee Yamaha at the front; I am certainly not coming back to just make up the numbers!”
Waters, meanwhile, will make his BSB debut after securing his second Australian Superbike Championship this year, the 25-year-old confident he can follow in the wheel tracks of countryman Josh Brookes by proving competitive in his first season.
“I am really happy and I still can't believe I have been given this opportunity,” Waters, who has taken in a few wild-card outings at World Superbike level, said. “I visited the Silverstone round this year and the championship was a big surprise to me as it is much bigger than I was expecting. I won my second Superbike title in Australia this year and I feel like that I have accomplished that goal and now I am ready for a new challenge.