PR Racing has confirmed its return to the British Superbike Championship for the final four rounds of the season after luring Hudson Kennaugh to its team from Splitlath Aprilia.
The South African, who finished runner-up in the 2010 British Superbike EVO championship after a part-season with MAR Kawasaki and Splitlath Aprilia, was in the midst of a full second year with the latter team, but they have struggled to mirror the results of last season.
As such, Kennaugh will revert back to the ZX-10R with PR Racing, which has been forced to miss the last two rounds after its rider Simon Andrews was badly injured in a spectacular smash at Snetterton, one which also almost destroyed the bike.
Having already sampled the rebuilt bike prior to his debut at Cadwell Park, while Kennaugh realises he won't be in the fight for the EVO title, he is confident he can challenge towards the front of the class from the off.
“I have known PR Racing for several years and this opportunity to ride the Kawasaki ZX-10R for John and the team feels right, you could say, I was in the right place at the right time.”
“We know we are not going to win the championship this late into the season, but we are certainly going out there to collect as much silverware and free champagne as possible.”
Splitlath Aprilai team principal John Dimbylow, meanwhile, insists the split was amicable and he is sad to see Kennaugh go.
“Hudson has had a difficult year with the Aprilia and decided he wanted to try something new. We are looking at our options for 2012 but Hudson felt he couldn't wait.
“The whole team are very sad to see him go and wish him the best of luck. I will miss having him in the team, we parted on good terms and I hope that we will work together again in the future.”
Having begun the year riding a championship class Aprilia RSV-4, Kennaugh has spent the last few events on an EVO-specification machine. However, he has suffered with reliability woes, scoring points just once in the wet at Croft.