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MSS Kawasaki boss unsure of BSB return
14 November 2012
MSS Kawasaki boss Nick Morgan says he has 'no interest' in running a British Superbike team in 2013 unless he has the budget to make a full commitment to the series.
Morgan revealed his team struggled this season due to financial constraints and although MSS Kawasaki will support Alastair Seeley at the North West 200 plus up and coming young roads talent Dean Harrison and his RC Express Racing team at the NW200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, MSS Kawasaki's participation in BSB is less certain.
“It all depends on budget and I'm not even sure if we'll be doing a full season in the British Superbike Championship to be honest,” Morgan said.
“It was a pretty tough year with Michael Rutter because we struggled with budget and you can't expect to run a top level rider like Michael in BSB on the budget we had, so it was really hard work and I won't be operating again like that.
“We can do the North West, the TT and the Ulster Grand Prix quite comfortably and be competitive, but unless the money is right for BSB then I'm not even interested in it.”
Morgan, though, is excited by the prospect of former British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley riding his bikes at the North West 200 in 2013.
The Ulster rider has established himself as the man to beat at the international road race in recent seasons and will ride Kawasaki machines for Morgan in the Superbike and Superstock classes.
Seeley switches back to the British Supersport Championship next year with Gearlink Kawasaki after struggling on the Tyco Suzuki in BSB and will also ride the team's ZX6 in the 600cc class at the North West.
He was a hat-trick winner in the Superstock, Superbike and Supersport classes at the North West 200 this year and Morgan believes he has the best man for the job as he covets victory in the premier class at the high-profile road race next year.
“We're pretty excited about the prospect of Alastair riding our bikes at the North West,” added Morgan, who saw Rutter triumph under the MSS banner in the Superstock class at the event in the spring.
“We had a good run at the event with Michael on the Superstock bike and we had the Superbike working well at the end, so we're confident with the bikes and confident with Alastair, because he goes like a jet around there.
“Alastair had a whizz out on the bikes at Snetterton and even though he only managed 15 or 20 laps he got a base feel for the bike," Morgan told the Belfast News Letter.
“The bikes are clearly good enough to run at the front and Alastair is obviously the man around there.
“We've also done a deal with Dean Harrison next season and his RC Express Racing team so it should be really good for us because you've got Alastair's experience while Dean is coming through.
“We'll be supporting Dean with technical help and helping with the bikes at the North West, TT and Ulster Grand Prix and we may run another rider at the TT depending on what budget we are able to put together.”
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