Shakey's Coming Home!
After two years in World Superbikes, the 33-year-old who is originally from Kent, is joining the championship-winning HM Plant Honda team for 2011 and he says he wants to add to the British Superbike titles he won in 2003 and 2008. The HM Plant Honda team has considerable experience and pedigree. They took the title in 2006 and 2007 with Ryuichi Kiyonari and Kiyo made it three BSB titles for them by winning a closely-fought championship this year.
“Up until Oulton Park this year, Niall Mackenzie was the most successful BSB rider with three titles, but Kiyo has equalled that, so it’s my aim to join those two on three titles each. I’m very excited about coming back and delighted to be joining HM Plant Honda. They’re a team I know well from racing against them in the past and it’s a testament to the whole team’s strength that they took first and second in this year’s series with Kiyo and Josh Brookes. I’m looking forward to partnering Kiyo next season he’s a really nice guy and knows the bike well, so that should help.”
Shakey will ride the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades – machines which have won three BSB titles since 2005. Both of Shakey’s titles came on Italian Ducati V-twin motorcycles, so how does he feel about moving to the Japanese four-cylinder bike?
“I won a race on a satellite-spec Fireblade in 2007 while riding for Paul Bird’s Stobart Honda squad,” says Shakey. “But I really want to prove to everyone that I can ride and win on a four-cylinder bike as well as a V-twin. I remember the Fireblade being a really good all-round bike and in 2011 it will be my first time riding a real top-specification four-cylinder bike, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Tony Way, Managing Director of Express Insurance says:
“We have sponsored Shakey for two seasons now and we’re very pleased to see him coming home. We wish him well for the 2011 season.”
The 2011 British Superbike series provisionally kicks off at Brands Hatch over the Bank Holiday weekend of 22nd-25th April and ends at the Kent track on the weekend of 7th-9th October. For more on the series go to: www.britishsuperbike.com and to get a competitive quote on your insurance visit www.expressinsurance.co.uk.