2013 MCE British Superbike runner-up Shane Byrne has officially confirmed he will remain in the championship next season, riding alongside Stuart Easton at Rapid Solicitors PBM Kawasaki.

The 2003, 2008 and 2012 BSB champion came into 2013 eyeing a record-breaking fourth BSB crown, but would eventually lose out to Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes during a thrilling final race showdown at Brands Hatch.

Though it means the 37-year-old thus remains tied with Ryuichi Kiyonari and Niall Mackenzie for BSB titles, Byrne's 2013 efforts at least made him BSB's all-time record holder for race wins, with 51 career victories to his name now.

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With Lowes set to make his World Superbike bow in 2014, Byrne will instead renew his attempts to secure a historic fourth title, once more riding the Rapid Solicitors-backed Kawasaki ZX-10R.

"Paul [Bird] and I agreed a deal ages back and I'm made up I'll be racing for the PBM Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team once again in 2014. We came so close to defending our title that it makes us even more determined to win it back this season and I know I've got the most competitive package to do that. We had a successful test in Spain earlier this week so I'm feeling confident already."

Shakey will be joined by Scottish rider Stuart Easton, who - as previously revealed in October - returns to the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki fold after securing the British Supersport Championship in 2013.

"I'm pleased to be back in BSB on the Kawasaki ZX-10. It was brilliant to win the British Supersport title last year as it got me fit and back to form so now I feel I'm ready to step up to BSB again which is where I want to be. My first run out on the bike in Spain was very positive and I was on the pace so can't wait for another outing in preparation for the season ahead."

PBM's announcement further bolsters a healthy-looking British Superbike grid that can already count 17 riders on the provisional entry list some four months before the start of the 2014 season.

It also strengthens the sizeable Kawasaki contingent, with 11 of those entries down to compete on ZX-10R machinery.