Joe Francis will join former title-winners STAUFF Fluid Power Kawasaki in the 2022 Pirelli National Superstock Championship, signing for a return to GR Motosport after recent seasons in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship as STAUFF continue into its tenth year with the team.
The 24-year-old from Chester secured a best result of fifth place in the Superbike class at Donington Park last year and has previously been a race winner in the Supersport series.
Francis returns to the team to fly the flag for STAUFF Fluid Power Kawasaki, having last worked together in 2013 when they celebrated title winning success in the British Motostar Championship.
Francis said: “I am really looking forward to this season and a new challenge in the Superstock class. It is something I am excited about; my goal is to challenge for the championship title and I am really motivated for the season ahead.
“It is nice to be back with Brent and the crew, working with the same team members I had back in 2013 when we won a championship together, and now we want to make it two. I am confident that with the programme and team around me that we can make it happen. I can’t wait to get going in a new class and I am thankful to Brent and all of my sponsors who have put me in this position for the 2022 season.”
GR Motosport Team Owner Brent Gladwin commented: “It really is great to welcome Joe back to the Team! We had a tremendous last season together in 2013 when STAUFF first joined us, in a championship battle with current BSB champion Taz Mackenzie to take the Motostar title. Joe has gone on to develop his skills and get good results on the bigger bikes and I am putting back together his title-winning crew to looking forward to a successful season ahead.”
Ross Burridge, Head of Kawasaki UK Racing Department said: “Having worked with Brent and his professional outfit for a number of seasons now, and seeing how the team have continued to develop across a multitude of classes, we are excited to see what they and Joe can achieve in 2022. It’s always a tough class, but it’s an important one for every Manufacturer, so we wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.”