Shaun Muir Racing was founded in 2002, and began competing in the British Superbike championship in 2004 as Hydrex Honda. In 2011 they switched to Yamaha machinery, where they won their first BSB title as Swan Yamaha with rider Tommy Hill. 2013 saw them become Milwaukee Yamaha, and in 2015 they dominated the national series to win their second BSB title with Josh Brookes.
In 2016 they made their debut in the FIM Superbike World Championship, competing as Milwaukee BMW with 2015 BSB champion Josh Brookes and former MotoGP rider Karel Abraham.
2017 will mark their second year in WorldSBK, where they will compete as Milwaukee Aprilia with the Aprilia RSV4. The team will field Eugene Laverty, who returns to the series after a two-year absence, and Lorenzo Savadori, the 2015 World Superstock champion now in his second World Superbike season. In partnership with Aprilia Racing for the first time in their history, SMR will be gunning for victory on the world stage.
With 54 world titles to their name, Aprilia are the crowning glory in the trophy case of the Piaggio Group. These have been won since 1992, 28 of which were achieved since 2005 when Aprilia joined the Piaggio Group.
Aprilia hold a record among European bike manufacturer with 294 Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing victories.
Aprilia made its first road bikes in the 1960s, and made its debut in motocross racing in the mid 1970s. After a strong debut, Aprilia entered the World Championship Motorcycle Racing to challenge the dominant Japanese marques in the fiercely-contested 250cc class.
Throughout the 1980s Aprilia bikes became better and faster, and in 1987 they took their first Grand Prix victory at Misano with the Aprilia 250.
Aprilia's first title came in 1992 with victory in the World Championship Motorcycle Racing for Alex Gramigni in the 125 class. Throughout the 1990s they won a total of 14 championships in track racing; 9 riders championships and 4 manufacturers championships.
Aprilia made its debut in the Superbike World Championship in 1999 with a special version of the RSV Mille. They took their first SBK title in 2010, securing a double victory with the riders championship for Max Biaggi and the manufacturers championship. They repeated this feat in 2012 and 2014, and took the riders championship in 2013.
2017 marks the return of an official Aprilia outfit to the World Superbike grid, where they hope to achieve further success with the Shaun Muir Racing team.