Paul Bird Motorsport will field a two-bike team in both the MotoGP World Championship and the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Michael Laverty will continue for a second year in MotoGP where he will be joined by Australian Broc Parkes on board the team’s PBM Aprilias. In BSB, triple champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will be joined by reigning British Supersport champion Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10Rs.
Laverty ended his debut season in the MotoGP World Championship in 25th overall with a best result of 13th at Jerez.
“We learned so much in year one that I’m delighted Paul has continued his involvement with MotoGP and that he’s given me the opportunity to continue with the project,” Laverty said. “Everyone has told me that year two is much easier so the aim is to put into place what we have learned and to raise our game accordingly. The class is going to be a lot tougher with the new production bikes but our aim is to consistently score points.”
Parkes, meanwhile, is a former runner-up in the World Supersport Championship and raced a Kawasaki for the PBM team in World Superbikes in 2009.
“Firstly, I’d like to say a massive thanks to Paul Bird for the opportunity to work with his team once again,” Parkes said. “I’m really looking forward to it. This is the premier class and it’s every rider’s dream to race in MotoGP. I know this is going to be a tough season but I’m certainly up for the challenge, I can’t wait to get started.”
In the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Byrne was narrowly beaten to the title in the very last race of the season but became the most successful rider in BSB history taking his tally to 51 wins. Returning to the team he last raced with in 2012, Scotsman Stuart Easton is hoping to add to his success for the Cumbrian-based team.
All four bikes are expected to run in the traditional British Racing Green livery and the team will be officially unveiled at the London Motorcycle Feb. 14-16.