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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.

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