Reigning BSB champions Paul Bird Motorsport have announced that they will be holding a press conference this Friday (November 28), where they will reveal the identity of Shane Byrne's replacement in the Monstermob Ducati team.

Bird is said to be considering the likes of out of work international stars Noriyuki Haga, Garry McCoy, Andrew Pitt, Chris Burns and James Haydon for the seat, but also has the option of picking an established BSB rider such as Sean Emmett to lead the team's campaign for a third successive title.

Michael Laverty has already been announced as riding for Monstermob in the 2004 British Supersport Championship, while Byrne (pictured) has signed to ride for Aprilia in MotoGP.

The 2004 British Superbike championship will arguably be the most hard fought SBK series in the world - boasting factory supported entries from the likes of Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki.

Most also predict that the BSB and AMA SBK competitors will be faster than the WSBK entries, due to the new Pirelli only tyre rule in the world championship.



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