For the first time in Bennetts British Superbike Championship history, four of the reigning Support Class Champions will feature in the new line-up when the season gets underway this weekend (April 7/8/9) at Silverstone.
Quattro Group British Supersport Champion Kennedy: “I feel a lot more confident”
Reigning Quattro Group British Supersport Champion Jack Kennedy already has experience in the Superbike class, but stepping up with his title-winning Mar-Train Yamaha team means the Dubliner believes this is his best shot.
Kennedy said: “I am really excited to get the 2023 Superbike season started now as this is the best opportunity I have ever had to line up with the Mar-Train Yamaha team and with the Yamaha R1, given its success in the last two years and having support from the McAMS team. I know it is all down to me and I have no excuses in that department!
“I know it is going to be really competitive at round one and throughout the year as the grid is absolutely packed with talent. Now that we have a testing programme under our belt, I feel a lot more confident going into races compared to the two rounds I did at the end of last year when we were in at the deep end with no testing.
“Now that I have got some mileage under my belt with the R1 I feel more confident going into the races and I am interested to see what positions we can accomplish after Silverstone because every round is really tight with lap times, but Silverstone has to be one of the tightest – one second will probably cover the top 20.
“Going into the last two rounds in 2022, my aim was to finish in the points, which I did once. My aim now for this year is to aim for some top ten results and I would be happy to come away with three top tens and some good points in the bag moving into the next round.”
Quattro Group British GP2 Champion Jack Scott: “The nerves are starting to kick in!”
Jack Scott sealed the Quattro Group British GP2 Championship title last season and now he is ready to make his debut with the Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki team.
Scott said: “Testing went really well for us; we don’t have many laps in the dry conditions, but I felt comfy in the dry or in the wet. I am really looking forward to my first weekend as a BSB rider! The nerves all already starting to kick in, but I can’t wait to get the first race under belt, see where we end up and build from there.”
Pirelli National Superstock Champion Todd: “I am a racer and I want to go racing now”
Davey Todd remains with the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda team as they return to the premier class after winning the Pirelli National Superstock Championship title in 2022, and after pre-season testing at Circuito de Navarra in Spain and the two recent wet tests at Donington Park and Silverstone, he is ready to get started.
Todd said: “I am super excited to get going at round one next weekend at Silverstone after a long testing schedule but not necessarily as productive as we would have liked with a lot of wet testing at Silverstone and Donington Park. Nonetheless, I am really happy to be back with the Milenco by Padgetts Racing Honda team and just can’t wait to get racing now.
“I have never been one for testing, I am a racer and I want to go racing. I can’t wait for round one and dipping my toes in the water with the big boys and starting off my first full season in the Superbike class – I can’t wait!”
Pirelli National Junior Superstock Champion Cook: “It is crazy having all that power underneath you!”
Max Cook completes the line-up of reigning Champions joining the line-up for 2023; the Pirelli National Junior Superstock Champion has been getting to grips with the Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki, and is excited to get racing.
Cook said: “Testing has gone quite well, I was so desperate to get out again on the Superbike but I did get some laps in the wet and I was excited! I actually really enjoyed it; it is crazy having all that power underneath you and no traction control or rider aids. I was getting faster the more time I spent on the bike and found more speed but I feel like I have loads left in the tank still for this weekend.
“I think round one will be a big learning curve for me; we have longer races and also three, where I have only been used to one in Junior Superstock before so I can’t wait! The team have been great and there is no pressure on me, I am just looking forward to the weekend and my first race in BSB – nerves are building too but I can’t wait for it!”