Paul Bird has revealed that his MotoGP riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes could make a wild-card appearance in BSB this season.
In addition to running the MotoGP team, Bird's Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki squad will be seeking to regain the British Superbike title, with Shane Byrne and new-signing Stuart Easton.
But there could be more PBM bikes on the BSB grid at some stage. During an exclusive interview with Crash.net
at the Qatar MotoGP, Bird said:
"I know that Michael is keen to do wild-cards and he tested the BSB bike in Spain just to keep sharp. We knew that over the winter he wouldn't be doing a lot of mileage in MotoGP testing so we wanted to keep him sharp and ready for action. He's keen to do a wild-card and with Broc we can soon build a bike and put another bike on the grid. I'm sure that [BSB race director] Stuart Higgs would like that!"
Laverty is a former BSB race winner, while Parkes claimed three podiums when riding for Bird's former Kawasaki WSBK team during a wild-card entry at the 2009 Brands Hatch BSB triple header.
Brands Hatch would again be logistically possible for wild-cards this season, the July 20 date being one week into the MotoGP summer break.
Former MotoGP rider Byrne lost out on a historic fourth BSB title to Alex Lowes in the very final race of last season. Nevertheless, Shakey's efforts mean he has now won more BSB races (51) than any other rider in history.
"He's Shakey and just goes about his job," said Bird. "He's a dream to work with and he gets paid well and with Shakey what you see is what you get. He's probably the most popular rider in BSB and we're just lucky to have him on our bike."
Bird also has high expectations for the returning Easton.
"I think that Stuart needed to go away for a year to find his hunger again and I saw a different Stuart Easton last year when he was on track. I'm sure he wants to prove to people that he can run at the front in BSB and I've set some goals for him that I'm sure he'll achieve... It involves winning races!"