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Mercado switches to SSTK 1000

Leandro Mercado gives up his World Superbike Championship ride in favour of a return to Superstock 1000 action.
Leandro Mercado will return to the Superstock 1000 Championship at Silverstone this weekend after agreeing with Pedercini Kawasaki to curtail his maiden World Superbike Championship campaign.

The Argentine rider was making his debut in 2012, stepping up to the premier Superbike class with Pedercini Kawasaki despite achieving only fairly minor credits in the Superstock category in 2011.

However, though Mercado has cracked the top ten this season after finishing tenth at Assen – and is level on points with more experienced team-mate David Salom -, he has only managed to score in three races. As such, Mercado and Pedercini have mutually agreed for him to step back to the Superstock 1000 class, where he will be paired with Bryan Staring, class winner at Aragon and Brno.

Pedercini Kawasaki is yet to announce who will replace Mercado for the remaining five events, starting with this weekend's Silverstone round.


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Nick636

August 02, 2012 10:32 AM

shuggiemac What planet are you from mate? McFadden is brilliant. He's achieved results better than Staring got last year. Inexperienced, definitely, but I don't see your grounds for calling him a human battering ram. I think Staring deserves the ride, but understand why they'd want him to keep scoring to maybe win Superstock this year.



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