Shane Byrne feels the switch to Ducati for the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship is 'just what me and the team needed' to revitalise a charge for an unprecedented fifth title.
Last October Paul Bird Motorsport confirmed it would be ditching Kawasaki for Ducati machinery for the new season, as well as taking on new title sponsor Be Wiser and signing rookie Glenn Irwin alongside Byrne.
The team has recently completed tests at Portimao alongside the factory Ducati squad in World Superbikes and Circuit Andalucia in Spain which have left the four-time BSB champion relishing the upcoming campaign as he looks to reclaim his title after being beaten by Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes.
"It was fantastic to get back out on track and we had a really productive four days,” Byrne said. “It is great to be working with Giovanni [Crupi, Byrne's new crew chief] again as we go back to when I raced in World Superbikes and it was brilliant to have my old team there on the other side of the garage too. This is a new challenge for us all, it's exciting and it's just what me and the team needed."
Byrne and Irwin solely concentrated on acquiring data for its new electronic package as well as fuelling and engine mapping which the Ducati Corse factory will work on over the coming weeks ahead of the team's next pre-season tests.
“All credit to the team who were working right up to the test sorting the MoTeC electronics and the bike, even in its very standard form, was fantastic,” Byrne added. “There is so much potential there, it excites me as I know we can make it much, much better.
“We've not looked at the chassis yet, we were just concentrating on fuelling and mapping and to see how competitive we were against bikes with full electronics fills us with even more confidence.”