Dean Harrison and the Silicone Engineering Racing will receive official Kawasaki backing in 2019 on the roads.

The Isle of Man TT race-winner has already confirmed his 2019 plans to return to the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix plus other selected events and will receive Kawasaki support to help prepare and develop the updated Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki had previously received factory backing on both the roads and in the British Superbike championship.

Team boss Paul Iddon is delighted to secure the Kawasaki support and is eager to see the gains result in wins.

“We have enjoyed working with Kawasaki over the past few seasons and we are really pleased that they have seen what Dean and the team have achieved, resulting in the reward of becoming the official Kawasaki team,” Iddon said.

“Everyone in the team and back at Silicone Engineering base camp are very excited about 2019 and we feel that between the rider and the bike we have an excellent chance at even better results than 2018. We can’t wait to get going.”

Ross Burridge, Kawasaki Motors UK Senior Racing Coordinator, feels the team’s results were the ideal evidence to give the squad further support for 2019.

“Dean has been astoundingly quick over the past couple of seasons, and last year’s IOM TT was a real eye opener,” Burridge said. “I think that competing at numerous rounds of the British Superbike Championship has moved on his riding to the next level and with a new bike underneath him for 2019, plus a determination to put his name in the record books, I believe there is nothing he isn’t capable of.

“I wish Dean and the team all the best and look forward to seeing them in action on the roads for the first time at the North West 200 in May.”