Simon Andrews will swap his MSS Colchester Kawasaki British Superbike for the Kawasaki Racing Team's World Superbike during the squad's two-day test in Valencia this week.
Andrews will step in for the injured Chris Vermeulen during the test, and with a year's experience on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R under his belt, the 25-year-old already knows the bike extremely well. The test outing will also be useful to MSS, in allowing the Worcestershire ace more seat time ahead of the BSB curtain-raiser this Easter weekend at Brands Hatch and assuring him of a busy schedule as he tests in Spain and then races at Brands and subsequently Thruxton all in the space of a fortnight.
“This really is a great opportunity, and I intend to give the team as much feedback as possible,” enthused Andrews, who has impressed the Kawasaki racing 'family' after earning the UK operation its best recent BSB championship finish of sixth in 2009 and regularly mixing it with the leading names during the course of the year. “It also gives me valuable track time prior to the season-opener at Brands.”
The test demonstrates, moreover, the very close relationship between Kawasaki's BSB and WSBK outfits, highlighted over the winter when MSS inherited the WSBK concern's Magneti Marelli advanced engine management system.
“We're supportive of Simon helping with the testing in Valencia, and we think it's a win-win situation,” affirmed MSS Colchester Kawasaki team owner Nick Morgan. “Ultimately, it helps Paul Bird to have another viewpoint on the bike, it gives Simon a great opportunity to showcase his skills and it will possibly give us more direction and a race -focussed rider.”