November 9, 2016
for 2017 title challenge
Kawasaki's Leon Haslam will challenge for the British Superbike Championship title after concluding an agreement with Kawasaki Motors UK and the Bournemouth Kawasaki team.
Leon Haslam will be back for an attack on the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship title as he returns with Team Green after signing for Kawasaki UK to line up at Bournemouth Kawasaki alongside Luke Mossey as he bids to go one better after narrowly missing out on this year’s crown.
Haslam returned to Britain this year from the world stage and with JG Speedfit Kawasaki celebrated nine race wins and a further six podium finishes as he took the title fight with Shane Byrne down to the wire at the final round.
Mossey will return for a third consecutive season with the team as the 24-year old from Cambridge bids to build on his performance this year after securing a closely-fought Showdown place for the first time, scoring four podium finishes and a best result of second place at Oulton Park.
Mossey made his MCE BSB debut in 2015, progressing from the Dickies British Supersport class and became a podium finisher in his rookie campaign, ending with him celebrating the Riders Cup title.
The team will make their first public appearance when they officially unveil their new livery and title partner at Motorcycle Live at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 19 November at the Kawasaki stand.
Haslam said: “This year was obviously a good one for me; it was my first season with Kawasaki and also the first back in BSB with the no electronics rule. It was a tough year revisiting some of the tracks I hadn’t been to for eight years but we came out fighting at every round.
“I had some interesting options in the World Championship but I know with this package we are going to be battling for wins and a championship title.
"I believe in Kawasaki and I think this second year working together will certainly put us in a stronger position than when we started out this season.
“The aim for me is always to win and of course Shakey will be the target, but we both go into the new season with a year with our respective manufacturers so I feel we are in a similar position.
"There are lots of interesting rumours about who will be joining us on the grid next year, which is great as I love a challenge.
"We go into the 2017 season ahead of where we started this year and we will be ready to roll when it comes to Donington Park for the first round.”
Pete Extance, Bournemouth Kawasaki team owner said: “We have had an amazing time in the BSB paddock so far but it’s now reached a pinnacle point in my team’s BSB journey.
"Now it has got very serious with the introduction of Leon and retaining Luke in the official Kawasaki UK team and realising we have a real chance of challenging for the title along with race wins and podiums every weekend.
“It’s not going to be easy but I am excited and ready to give it my best shot of steering Bournemouth Kawasaki to the top in 2017."
Ross Burridge, Senior Racing and Marketing Co-ordinator, Kawasaki UK, commented: "We are thrilled to be able retain the services of Leon for 2017.
"Despite having to adapt to a new team, a new bike and re-learn the circuits, he rode amazingly well this season, and I am confident that he can go one step better next year.
“Pete and his Bournemouth Kawasaki team are more than capable of giving Leon what he needs to push for race wins, and I personally think that Leon and Luke are an exciting team line-up, both for Kawasaki and the series. Roll on round one!"
April 11, 2018
JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam goes in search of victory in the two races of round two of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, Kent on Sunday.
April 2, 2018
JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam finished in ninth and second places on Sunday and Monday respectively in the two races of the opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, Leics.
October 15, 2017
JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam missed out on the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship title after a weekend of problems in the 12th and final round at Brands Hatch in Kent.
October 10, 2017
JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam is chasing victory in the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship in this weekend's 12th and final round at Brands Hatch in Kent.
October 1, 2017
JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam won the opening race and finished third in race two of the 11th round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship at Assen in Holland to retain the series lead.