BSB British Superbike is the most spectacular and hard-fought national championship on the planet, with races always full of overtaking and surprises. However, over the course of this season, in addition to what is happening out on the track, the rider market is always in the news. In the morning came the announcement of the signing of Jack Kennedy by Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve Kawasaki for the remaining three events of the year.
The 2018 and 2019 British SS600 champion, even with some experience on world level in the category, had started 2020 as part of Santander Salt TAG Racing. Although expectations were high, with an ambitious project, Gary Winfield's line-up was never able to get it together with the new YZF-R1. A series of technical problems, culminating in the Snetterton weekend, forced the team to make a difficult decision: retirement from the current season.
Openly lashing out at Yamaha with a press release, the TAG Racing Team suspended its sporting activities in British Superbike, confirming however the commitment with Shaun Winfield and Liam Delves in British Superstock 1000 and 600, respectively. Santander Salt TAG Racing confirmed its return to the track in the top class of the UK for 2021, probably with new bikes and related technical project, renewing the contract with teammate Dan Linfoot.
Waiting to know in more detail the dynamics of next year, Jack Kennedy has been allowed to continue 2020 with a new team starting from the halfway point of the championship. After the Silverstone 'National' round, the news was not long in coming.
The Irishman will thus have the opportunity to make his debut on the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki ZX-10RR at the Oulton Park appointment next weekend alongside youngster Ryan Vickers. Lee Hardy's team will return to field two bikes four years after the last time, in 2016 with Alistair Seeley and Jake Dixon as riders. An extra incentive in view of the final nine races with results that will be decisive in the future.
“I’m really happy to be joining the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team and am equally thankful to the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team for allowing me to ride for another team for the remainder of 2020,” said Kennedy. “My first time on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR will be next Friday’s free practice session so I’ll take it step by step and see how I get on but I’m fit and raring to go. Oulton Park is a circuit I love so I can’t wait.”