The DAO Racing team will make its debut in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship in 2023 after signing Australia’s Brayden Elliott
The Cumbria-based outfit will field two bikes in two championships for the first time as Elliott joins roads specialist Dean Harrison, who will continue to contest the British Superbike Championship along with international road races including the Isle of Man TT and North West 200.
Born and raised in Tumut, New South Wales, Elliott currently lives in Derby and has been racing in the UK since 2017.
Since landing on British shores, he has become a regular fixture in the leading BSB support series and joins DAO Racing at the end of his best year to date, where he finished fourth overall.
Elliott is set to pilot a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR as the team continues its strong relationship with the manufacturer in what will be his first experience of the Japanese marque.
“I am very excited to be joining DAO Racing, I see this as a massive step forward in my career,” he said. “It comes on the back of what’s been a really good season and I feel joining the team is the next step of my progression.
“Since I began road racing, I’ve generally been involved with small, family-run teams and I’ve also run my own team but haven’t been associated with anything quite like this. I really love what the team is about, the crew all seem like they’re racing for the right reasons and teams like this are very few and far between.
“It’s going to be a whole new experience, I haven’t ridden a Kawasaki previously but the team has a lot of experience with it and I think if I can get comfortable with it we’re looking at a competitive package. I’m aiming for at least a top three in the championship and I want to be winning races and consistently fighting for podiums.”
Team manager Jonny Bagnall added: “This is a big new adventure for DAO Racing as we enter our next chapter. It’s something we had been considering for a while and when we decided not to run the 600 on the roads next year, we had an opportunity to move in another direction.
“Brayden has been on the team’s radar for a while, I’ve personally been impressed with his performances on track this year, he’s stood out as a rider who has a lot of talent and potential and I think he is the perfect fit for DAO.
“He joins Dean, who will continue to race in BSB after another strong season, while of course, focusing on the international road races. I feel we have two excellent riders in our stable and I know both are hungry for success. I am quietly confident an exciting and rewarding 2023 could be on the cards.”