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Da Costa to race in French Superbike

Julien Da Costa fails to land a ride in the British Superbike Championship, prompting him to return to the French domestic series
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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MSS Colchester Kawasaki team-mates Simon Andrews and Julien Da Costa, Silverstone, 2009 British Superbikes [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Julien Da Costa - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Julien Da Costa - MSS Colchester Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki livery, 2017, BSB
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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kev stewart - Unregistered

January 17, 2010 10:04 AM

Back the british in BSB surely we should support our lads in our home series and stop bitching about a frenchman having to go back home to race. Dont see any french teams busting a gut to get any top british riders. We know BSB is a stepping stone to WSB so lets back our lads to ride for a change



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