SHAUN MUIR SETS SIGHTS ON TITLE
Shaun Muir Racing’s move to Aprilia marks the end to a challenging debut season in the Superbike World Championship. Under the banner of Milwaukee BMW, it’s been a tough year for the squad as they have struggled to form a consistently competitive package with the S1000RR and riders Josh Brookes and Karel Abraham.
Initially expecting to be competing for the top 10, team boss Shaun Muir has struggled to hide his disappointment.
“We are 100% committed to being successful in World Superbikes,” he said, speaking exclusively to MCN. “I haven’t come to WSB not to be in contention and to do that you have to be factory supported.
“We have a level of factory support from BMW but when it came down to it, of the three riders we first approached about 2017 none of them would have been in a position to sign for us if we were with BMW. However, moving to Aprilia moved us to the top of people’s lists and that’s why Eugene has opted to leave Motogp to come and ride for us in WSB.
“Aprilia know they can win in World Superbikes with a good team alongside them and I genuinely believe SMR, Aprilia and Eugene is a package that can fight for the championship.”
Eugene Laverty will be joined by Italian youngster Lorenzo Savadori in the Milwaukee Aprilia squad.