MonsterMob Ducati's Shane Byrne heads to the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Silverstone this weekend in confident mood after a successful pre-season test schedule was concluded at Donington Park at the weekend.

The 26 year old from Minster, Kent starts as one of the favourites to land this year's title aboard the brand new factory specification Ducati F02 and the new recruit to the team, that won both the Superbike and Supersport titles last season, is looking forward to kicking things off in style.

"Testing has been good and the lap times at Donington were consistently fast, I didn't feel that there was any need to put a soft tyre in just to go half a second quicker. The package that I've got is phenomenal and I see no reason why we can't be up there from the start," said 'Shakey' who was placed fourth in last season's title chase.

Defending Supersport champion, Stuart Easton is also in confident mood after a handful of tests aboard his 748cc Ducati.

With a season of four stroke racing under his belt, the 18 year old from Hawick is expecting a tough time hanging onto his number one plate but is confident that he can do so in light of the strong opposition.

"The number one plate took some winning and I'm determined to keep hold of it. We are stronger this year with the experience we gained last season and testing has proved the bike is still very competitive," said the Scot.

For team boss Paul Bird, the season heralds his fourth in the premier class and after last season's successes, he's focussed on maintaining that level of superiority.

"I've been busy behind the scenes making sure we have the best possible package to go racing with and as a result, I'm feeling good about this year. I'm sure the partnerships we have in place are right and will take some beating once again," said Bird from his Penrith office.

Picture courtesy of Double Red.



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