Danny Buchan steps up to BSB

MSS Bathams Kawasaki will be back to full strength from the second Oulton Park round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.
MSS Bathams Kawasaki has announced that Danny Buchan will step up from his Superstock 1000 duties and join Michael Rutter on the team's BSB spec ZX-10Rs from the final Oulton Park round on July 6-8.

The 19-year-old will be taking over the seat vacated by Peter Hickman, who was axed earlier in the year as a consequence of his one-off World Superbike outing with FIXI Crescent Suzuki at Donington Park.

Buchan, currently second in the Superstock 1000 championship, will not be able to ride in this weekend's Knockhill BSB round after breaking a bone in his back while motocross training.

“I'm so excited to be given this chance, it's always been my ambition to compete in BSB so when Nick [Morgan, team owner] offered me the ride I didn't need to think twice about it!” he said.

“You only need to look at the world class riders who have competed in the championship over the years to see it really is the pinnacle of British racing. The fact that in just over two weeks I'll be lining up on the grid with the likes of Tommy Hill, Shane Byrne, Nori Haga and Michael Rutter is a dream come true!

“I'm under no illusions as to just how challenging it will be to step up into the top class, not only will the Superstock ZX-10R will be very different to the Superbike version but I'll also be competing against numerous British Champions, World Superbike winners and former Grand Prix riders.

“I've been with the MSS Kawasaki team for three years now and when I rejoined at Oulton in May it was like coming back to the family, I can't thank them enough for this opportunity and showing some faith me.

“They're not putting any pressure on me and with Michael Rutter helping me out and former World Supersport champion Andrew Pitt continuing as my crew chief I'm hoping I'll be able to pay them back with some decent results and hopefully I'll exceed people's expectations!

“It sucks that I'll be missing Knockhill after crashing the 'crosser while training and breaking a bone in my back but I've been doing everything I can to get fit in time for Oulton, including spending some time in the hyperbaric chamber over on the Isle of Man.

“I've also been following the specialists' advice and getting plenty of rest but like any motorcycle racer I just want to get back out there!”

Tagged as: Oulton Park , Danny Buchan

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bryn jones - Unregistered

June 19, 2012 6:22 PM

at last someone with dreams and ambitions comes from our own shores well done dan you have earned this ride at the top of english racing and at the best training ground for future gp talent people who know dan will know he will give it 150% thank you nick morgan for giving him the backing the support and the chance ,good luck 83

Steve BSB - Unregistered

June 20, 2012 10:51 AM

I'm sure there were plenty of older/ more experienced riders chomping at the bit for this ride but fair play to the MSS team, they've gone for Danny, a long time Team Green rider. And no, before anyone says - they are NOT paying any money but Andrew Pitt will be there to help out as neccesary.

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