STUART Easton has signed up with Paul Bird Motorsport for next season.
Former British Supersport champion Easton will race factory-specification Kawasaki ZX-10Rs for the series, with plans already in place for a testing schedule in Spain.
The flying Teri will be making his return to racing after sustaining serious injuries in this year’s North West 200 race in Northern Ireland.
And he admitted the new deal was a welcome boost on his road to recovery.
“My recovery is coming along well now and I keep building up and moving forward all the time. The doctors have already said that it has been a remarkable recovery and so I want to continue that in preparation for when we begin testing.
“I visited the team recently and it was the first time I had sat on a bike since my crash and it felt good. I’m just looking at it as if I have had a longer winter!”
Easton, who won his Supersport title with PBM in 2002, will be riding alongside former double BSB champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.
He added: “It’s a nice feeling for me to be back with PBM as they have always supported me in the past. It feels great for me to be coming back to BSB next season, especially alongside Shakey, so it is a big thing for me.
“Whenever I’ve had success in the past it has been linked to PBM and now to be with the team shows the faith they have in me.
“The championship will be closer than ever next season with the new rules that’s for sure.”
Team owner Paul Bird commented: “When we decided to return to British Superbikes, signing both Shakey and Stuart was always the plan and I’m delighted they’ve come on board with us.
“We’ve won British championships as well as World championship races together and for me it’s my dream team. We have proved that the Kawasaki ZX-10R is a fantastic bike and have won on it at BSB in 2010 so we know what we need to do.
“I promised Stuart a deal straight after his crash and he’ll be back to full fitness very soon, and with Shakey keen to make up for missing out this year, we are ideally placed.”