Leon Haslam has joined Luke Mossey at the Bournemouth Kawasaki squad for the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship after former team GBmoto Racing quit racing.
Haslam has secured his future in BSB with Bournemouth Kawasaki having been halfway through a two-year contract with Kawasaki before his former team withdrew, throwing his future into doubt with the Japanese manufacturer.
After narrowly missing out to Be Wiser Ducati's Shane Byrne for the BSB title this year, Haslam went on to contest both final rounds of World Superbikes and the Japanese Superbike series with Kawasaki teams, and the BSB runner-up will remain in the national series alongside Mossey.
After graduating into BSB from British Supersport in 2015, Mossey cemented his place as one of the most promising British youngsters by breaking into the Showdown this year. Having spent his opening two years in BSB with the Bournemouth-based squad, the 24-year-old saw it as the logical process to continue building with the team.
“We have had an amazing time in the BSB paddock so far but it's now reached a pinnacle point in my team's BSB journey. Now it has got very serious with the introduction of Leon and retaining Luke in the official Kawasaki UK team and realising we have a real chance of challenging for the title along with race wins and podiums every weekend.
Team boss Pete Extance is thrilled to welcome Haslam to his squad alongside Mossey and is relishing 2017 as the opportunity to drive the team forward to the sharp end in BSB after becoming the official Kawasaki UK team.
“It's not going to be easy but I am excited and ready to give it my best shot of steering Bournemouth Kawasaki to the top in 2017.”
Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing has also confirmed the re-signing of James Hillier for the 2017 road racing campaign and is expected to announce any plans in British Supersport in the coming weeks.