Haslam joins Mossey at Bournemouth Kawasaki for 2017

Leon Haslam has joined Luke Mossey at the Bournemouth Kawasaki squad for the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship.
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.

Tagged as: Haslam , Shane Byrne , Luke Mossey

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November 09, 2016 11:04 AM

I like Leon and his racing family. Leon is a top rider, as determined as anyone and has been the nearly-man in so many Championships for so many years. However, despite accumulating so many championship points and many wins and podiums in UK and Internationally I have always had a nagging doubt that he doesn't have a championship in him. I almost had to eat my words in 2016, and I would have been very happy to do so, but sadly it now looks like he'll be at a greater disadvantage in 2017, despite being a Kawa contracted rider. I sincerely hope that Kawa give him a rip-snorting bike and all the backing he deserves for 2017- Johnny Rea's cast-off might be a good foundation- but if they are relying on Bournemouth Kawasaki's resources then I don't see him being able to mount a serious challenge against Shakey. And that's a pity.

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