MSS Performance has announced it will not line up on the grid for the 2013 British Superbike Championship after failing to secure a prominent backer for the new season.
The team has been a mainstay of the British Superbike paddock since making its debut twenty years ago, completing stints in the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock classes, but a difficult 2012 BSB campaign has prompted a change of strategy for the coming year.
MSS Performance manager Nick Morgan had previously cast doubt on the team's participation for 2013
after struggling to source the backing of a major sponsor, but he says the final decision to withdraw was very difficult.
“The decision not to return to the grid for the 2013 season has been one of the hardest I've ever had to make," he said. "We've been prominent in the British Superbike paddock for twenty years first with the likes of Andrew Stroud and Chris Haldane.
“We then had some successful campaigns in the British Supersport Championship with Pere Riba. While in recent seasons we've demonstrated just how competitive we were in Superbike and with both Danny Buchan and Howie Mainwaring in the National Superstock 1000 class.
“We didn't want to turn up with just a half-hearted effort as the depth of talent is incredibly high and without the backing of a major title sponsor, we wouldn't have been able to run at the competitive level we know we're capable of. BSB is a fantastic series which we've enjoyed being part of, I'll be keeping in touch with everyone and hopefully we'll be back soon!
“It's been a fantastic journey and we've seen some great racing from all of our riders - Simon Andrews, Gary Mason, Stuart Easton, Billy McConnell, Julian Da Costa, Chris Walker, Alex Lowes, Michael Rutter, Howie and most recently Danny- I would like to thank all of them.
“Of course the biggest thank you needs to go to all those who have helped and supported us over the years, the team members, the fans and most importantly all of our sponsors.”
MSS Performance will still have a presence in motorsport this year, but will switch its focus to supporting RC Express Racing in selected road races.
MSS Performance joins Team WFR in withdrawing from British Superbikes this year, though Halsall Racing and RidersMotorcycles.com will be new and returning entries for 2013, while Quay Garage have also hinted at a comeback.