Julien Da Costa will compete in the French Superbike Championship in 2010 after being unable to land a deal in the British series.

The Frenchman rode with the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team in 2009 and was instrumental in turning the manufacturer's fortunes around, scoring in all but four races and recording a best finish of fourth position at Cadwell Park.

However, despite ending the year seventh in the standings, just 3.5 points behind team-mate Simon Andrews, Da Costa concedes there were limited options available to him in BSB, forcing him to switch to the French series.

Extending his relationship with the Japanese brand, Da Costa will compete under the Kawasaki France banner in a programme that will also include the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Bol d'Or.

Da Costa isn't the only high profile rider who hasn't been able to secure a BSB seat. Currently, James Ellison, Ian Lowry and Chris Walker, who like Da Costa finished inside the top ten overall in 2009, are without confirmed rides.

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