Enduro ace David Knight, acknowledged as one of the top off-road riders in the world, is to receive support from the PBM Kawasaki World Superbike outfit, following his recent switch from a factory BMW to privateer Kawasaki.
After his split from BMW in the World Enduro Championship, the Briton bought his own Kawasaki KX450F, standard except for some exhaust and suspension parts he personally fitted just before the race, and won on his return to the American GNCC series.
"I've been in the lucky position to choose whatever bike I wanted to race on for the rest of 2009. I'd heard such good things about the KX450F that I had to have a ride on one,” said Knight. “I'm really enjoying my racing again and the results so far back up my decision to choose Kawasaki. I even won the GNCC race by five minutes despite starting on the back row so what a result!"
As a result of his GNCC success, plus a subsequent victory in the Great Britain Cross Country Championship (GBXC) round at Glanusk Park, Kawasaki Motors UK and PBM will back Knight in selected rounds of the GBXC and World Championship, plus the ISDE and other high-profile events.
Knight's new race partners have just collected two further machines for the multiple world champion to compete on.
"Knighter is a legend and a great friend of the Paul Bird Motorsport team,” explained PBM team owner Paul Bird. “We are more than happy to help him continue the 2009 season on a Kawasaki. The presence of such a successful, respected and well liked ambassador for off-road sport is a genuine privilege for us. We will do our utmost to support his racing effort."
Knight will be supported by members of the same team that currently run the Kawasaki Official Factory World Superbike effort.
"KSRT are known primarily for representing the Kawasaki factory in World Superbikes but we also have a strong off-road skill base," said PBM team co-ordinator Stuart Bland. "We will bring all that knowledge to bear in support of Knighter, along with a generous measure of good old honest enthusiasm.
"With our in-house dyno and fabrication expertise, there are a whole raft of things we want to experiment with to make the power delivery and overall feel perfect for each race. The small off-road team we are creating will focus 100% on David's success on Kawasaki machinery."