Billy McConnell will return to action in the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship after re-signing FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, who gains the title sponsorship of Quattro Plant.
The 2014 British Supersport champion made an 11th-hour switch from Anvil Hire Yamaha to FS-3 Racing Kawasaki this season and using Kawasaki ZX-10Rs purchased from BSB title winners Paul Bird Motorsport the Australian finished the year 15th in the riders' championship.
Having assessed his options for 2017, McConnell is delighted re-signed for Quattro Plant FS-3 Racing Kawasaki as he looks to build on the momentum gained from this year.
“This is really exciting for me to return with the team for next season," McConnell said. "We have some great work going on behind the scenes and I am ready to move forward again in 2017. It is so important to have consistency in this championship and that is what we need to take into next year.
“I want to be aiming for consistent top ten finishes with top fives too and then we will see what happens. We want to come back stronger and together we are working hard to come out fighting from round one.”
The new-look Quattro Plant Kawasaki squad will become a two-rider team with James Rispoli moving into the National Superstock 1000 grid on Kawasaki machinery. McConnell will contest the 2017 BSB campaign on the new Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Team manager Nigel Snook says his squad hopes to use its momentum and knowledge gained from its first year in BSB to make strides forward in 2017.
“We learned a lot during our first year in the MCE Superbike championship and plan to put that experience to good use next season,” Snook said. “I'm delighted that the team has attracted backing from Quattro Plant who are great supporters of the series. Billy is looking forward to a winter of hard training in preparation for riding our new Superbike and building on the progress he made with us this year.
“James knows that next year's Superstock championship is going to be really competitive, particularly with increased manufacturer interest, but we're confident he'll be running at the front. Towards the end of the season, we hope to be able to enter James as a wildcard on a second superbike.”