Press Release: Leon Haslam joins Mossey for 2017
Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing has announced its stellar line up for its 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and International Road racing campaigns.
The team has pulled off a major coup by securing the services of 2016 British Superbike Championship runner-up Leon Haslam, who will join 2016 Showdown contender Luke Mossey on the grid as they spearhead Kawasaki UK’s assault on MCE BSB.
The team will also retain the services of James Hillier for the seventh consecutive season to contest the International Road racing events at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT as the official entrant of Kawasaki UK for 2017.
Announcing the exciting line-up, Pete Extance, Team Owner of Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing said: “We have worked extremely hard to secure what we believe is our most competitive line-up since we joined the MCE BSB grid in 2011.
“Leon is a world-class rider and his experience both domestically and internationally speaks for itself and to have secured his signature for 2017, alongside fellow Showdown contender Luke Mossey, who I believe is the hottest young prospect in MCE BSB since Alex Lowes, is a genuine statement of intent as we lead Kawasaki UK’s quest for championship glory in 2017.”
“We are also delighted that James Hillier will once again lead our attack on the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT and I know that the team will be working extremely hard to chase that illusive Superbike and Senior victory at the Isle of Man TT that has so far eluded us.”
“I want to thank Kawasaki UK for this tremendous opportunity and we are already putting together our testing schedule for 2017 that will include sessions with the Kawasaki World Superbike squad.”
Ross Burridge, Senior Racing and Marketing Co-ordinator, said: “After working with Pete Extance and his team for many years now, we are excited to be continuing the relationship into 2017, at the highest level. We feel they have what it takes to help Leon take that extra step and win MCE BSB for the first time. Add to that Luke Mossey as his team mate and the extremely experienced James Hillier on the roads and we have a recipe for a great season of racing! I can’t wait for the 2017 campaign to begin.”
Derbyshire based Leon Haslam, fresh from a brace of second places in the Japanese Superbike finale at Suzuka and fifth place finish in the World Superbike Championship finale in Qatar, finished second in MCE BSB in 2016 and will be hoping to go one better in 2017.
Leon Haslam, said: “I have an excellent relationship with Kawasaki UK and the opportunity to spearhead their MCE BSB campaign on board a Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing prepared ZX-10R was too good an opportunity to turn down.
“The team is extremely professional and I know they will put together a package that will have Luke Mossey and myself at the sharp end of the grid looking to score as many race wins and podiums as possible as we target MCE BSB success.
Cambridgeshire based Luke Mossey, who secured his highest ever British Superbike Championship season finish in sixth place after making the Showdown, will be aiming to be a title contender in 2017.
Luke Mossey, said: “This will be my third year with Pete Extance and the Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing team. I like the way it’s run and the set up. We’ve built up a good relationship and we have the same goals. We all want to win races and be competing for the championship.
“I am really looking forward to working alongside Leon. It will be great to have such an experienced rider in the garage. I’m hoping I will learn a lot from him, but at the same time, he’s another rider that I want to beat in races as I target the MCE BSB title.”
The team’s International Road racing events at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT will be contested by James Hillier. Last season, Hillier secured three podiums earning him fourth overall in the 2016 TT riders’ championship, and he is focused on targeting wins at next season’s Isle of Man TT.
James Hillier, said: “I have an excellent relationship with Bournemouth Kawasaki racing and am delighted to once again be contesting North West 200 and Isle of Man TT on the Official Kawasaki UK backed machinery.
“We have had some strong finishes over the years at the Isle of Man TT and gained a lot of data. I will again be working hard to prepare for next season. My goal is to win races and I know the team will be putting together a strong package with the new ZX-10RR to help me do just that.