Byrne and Easton plan title assault with Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Team which will contest the 2014 British Superbike Championship has been unveiled at the MCN London Motorcycle Show, with riders Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Stuart Easton set to do battle for the title.
Having been announced by Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport last year, the line up sees triple BSB champion Byrne and double British Supersport champion Easton back together on the potent Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
Byrne, who now lives on the Isle of Sheppey, has won a record 51 MCE BSB races in his career and now goes in search of that record-breaking fourth title.
Easton, meanwhile, returns to the MCE BSB class after a successful year whereby he won the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, again in dramatic fashion. The diminutive 30-year-old Scotsman from Hawick last raced for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team in 2012.
With Byrne and Easton back together, it significantly marks the third year that title sponsors Rapid Solicitors are backing Paul Bird's team with a remarkable record of success. Since the collaboration in 2012, the team has won one BSB title, finished runner-up also and taken the 2012 National Superstock 1000 title. During the two-year association, the team has taken 23 victories, scored 25 additional podiums, set 11 pole positions and claimed nine fastest laps.