By Neil Morrison
It has been over six years since Jeremy McWilliams last took to the track in MotoGP, but racing still plays as much a part in his life as ever.
The Ulsterman is enjoying a busy 2013, balancing team manager duties for the Rivamoto World Supersport outfit with some racing exploits of his own.
The team's first rider Jack Kennedy currently lies eighth in the WSS standings - in what is his first year of World Championship racing - and has impressed with a string of top ten finishes around tracks he has not seen before.
Former 250GP winner McWilliams, who remained the last British rider to take a MotoGP pole until Cal Crutchlow's Assen performance, has complimented his duties as team manager by peppering his calendar with occasional racing appearances.
The 49-year-old took his first road race victory at this year's North West 200 and recently announced that he will attend the Armoy Road Races in July with Ryan Farquhar's Vauxhall KMR team.
spoke with Jeremy during last weekend's World Superbike event at Imola, to talk about Rivamoto's season so far, his 'return' to racing, and the upcoming rule changes that will be implemented across the WSBK paddock…
I think it is fair to say Jack has impressed everybody with his speed so far this season. How would you rate the 2013 season so far in terms of his performance?
To be lying in the top eight in the championship is more than we expected from a rider coming from a national series. It's not just one-offs; he's been fast every time he's been on the bike. He learns tracks very quickly and he's got a very mature riding style. He rides with less risk than I've seen any other rider ride with before but he still manages to pull the lap time off.
We're in a good situation with Jack as he's doing everything he could be doing with what he's got. Of course we'd like to get him closer to the front but that's coming. It happened at the last race [at round six in Portimão] when we were just over ten seconds from the leaders.