Simon Andrews and MSS Colchester Kawasaki have confirmed that they have been added to the wild-card list ahead of the British round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park.
The British Superbike Championship contender has been a revelation in his first season with the Kawasaki team, just missing out on a podium finish at Donington Park when the BSB visited last month.
His stellar form has duly persuaded the MSS Colchester outfit to graduate to the World Superbike ranks at this year's British round, where they will join BSB leaders Airwaves Yamaha in taking on the best from the premier Superbike class.
Indeed, team manager Nick Morgan admits the chance to translate their performances onto the world stage was too good an opportunity to pass up
“What a roller coaster this year has turned out to be. We started out with so much homework to do and, suddenly, everything has clicked. The riders are happy with the development cycle, the fans are seeing lime green bikes pushing for the podium, and now we can set out our stall in WSB with Simon, it's perfect.”
For Andrews, the decision to race at Donington Park comes a year after he was forced to give up his wild-card ride at Brands Hatch with Jentin Yamaha due to injury. Determined to make amends this year having now gelled with the ZX-10R, Andrews was looking forward to making his belated debut.
“I've had one or two tumbles lately which shows I am pushing hard. The bike and me are now talking the same language and it feels right to be at the pointy end to be honest. Transferring our knowledge into World Superbikes for one event is an awesome responsibility, and something the whole team is looking forward to.”