Kev Coghlan and DMC Racing have ditched plans to enter the 2013 WSBK
Superstock 1000 season with the Ducati 1199 Panigale in favour of a last-minute move to World Supersport.
Coghlan is to compete on a factory-backed Kawasaki ZX-6R - alongside a Russian team-mate - as DMC joins forces with Team Lorenzini, which took Kenan Sofuoglu to the 2012 title.
"We will now be doing World Supersport with Kawasaki!" confirmed a thrilled Coghlan. "I'm in Spain now, we tested the bikes [an early shakedown test last week at Cartagena] and met the new part of the team. Everything looks great so far and seems like a good move!"
In 2012, Coghlan and DMC formed a successful alliance in the STK1000 series on the new Panigale.
Although only one podium was achieved, the Scottish rider and his team felt they made real progress during the second half of the season, where they were regularly on the pace of the factory-backed Barni riders.
The new 2013 team will consist of a combination of DMC Racing personnel and Lorenzini team members.
Provisionally named Team Kawasaki DMC Lorenzini, the team will be run by DMC principal Sergei Glagolev in collaboration with Lorenzini boss Vanni Lorenzini.
It will field two riders in WSS - Coghlan and reigning Russian Superbike champion Vova Ivanov.
Glagolev, director of DMC Racing, explained the reasons behind the championship change:
“During 2012 we conducted negotiations with MV Agusta, but it did not come to a close. We were already planning to participate in the World Supersport in 2014. But the circumstances have changed - we got an offer from one of the best teams in the WSBK
paddock, Lorenzini Team.
“By this time the contract was signed with Kev Coghlan, and we decided to invite to our team Vova Ivanov, knowing the real potential of this rider and his popularity among fans in Russian SBK. We are pleased that both drivers will draw attention to Russian road racing."
Vanni Lorenzini added: "When we began negotiations with the management of DMC, I realised that I was dealing with serious people who really want to develop a team. So I am very excited and happy to embark on a new journey.
"Thanks also to Kawasaki, who will provide us with the full support by providing materials and spare parts. Now we are planning to reunite with DMC in testing at Jerez, where we will spend our first official tests before traveling to Australia for the first round."