Burgeoning World Superbike team JR Racing will not make its series debut until the second round of the 2015 season in Thailand, it has confirmed.

The team, which will compete under the Dominican Republic flag and receive its funding from the Caribbean country, had been due to make its racing bow at Phillip Island with Toni Elias and Ayrton Badovini riding a pair of BMW S1000RRs.

However, logistical issues getting the bikes transferred to Australia in time for the opening race has forced JR Racing to put its plans on ice until the second round, to be held a month later at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

"We like to work correctly and do things the right way and because of that it would have been impossible to get all the logistics sorted out in time to get Toni Elias and Ayrton Badovini's bikes shipped to Phillip Island for the race" said team owner Chary Robinson.

"If the race had been in mainland Europe, we would not have faced the same problems and I am sure that we would have been on the grid OK.

"We are very disappointed that we will not be present at the season's opener, but circumstances made this impossible. We would like to wish all the competitors a great race weekend and look forward to meeting them all in Chang in March."

The team, which was unveiled during last year's Magny-Cours round, will feature former WSBK champion Troy Corser as sporting director.



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