Jack Valentine is to return to the Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki outfit in the capacity of team manager, it has been confirmed, rekindling a relationship that lasted just two events in 2013.

One of the series' best-known figures, Valentine has enjoyed a long career of team management both in the UK and on the world stage, most notably heading up Rizla Suzuki in BSB, plus Foggy Petronas and Worx Crescent Suzuki in WSBK.

Last seen in the BSB paddock last season when he joined forces with Martin Halsall's eponymous BSB team, Valentine's involvement last just two rounds, though the outfit would progress to score podiums before the end of its maiden season.

Now Valentine has opted to return to Halsall Kawasaki, where he will oversee Harry Hartley, who at 17 years old became the youngest rider to both start and score a point in a BSB race at Brands Hatch.

"Martin and I have been in touch a lot over the last few months and he asked me to come on board as Team Manager. What he wanted and was offering worked for me. It's the chance to come into the team and give them the benefit of my experience, working and doing things my way to get the best out of everyone.

"I spent time with them at Oulton Park and I've been impressed with how they work. The crew are great and Harry is looking like he has the talent needed to become a top Superbike rider. I'm really looking forward to getting started with the team. I'm probably going to move myself into the unit early this week and then plan some testing ahead of Snetterton, so we can get Harry feeling more confident before the next round."

Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki slimmed to just one entry at Oulton Park after parting ways with Lee Costello, who had competed with the team in both Superstock 1000 and during the team's first season of BSB racing.


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