MSS Bathams Kawasaki have promoted their Team Green Superstock rider Danny Buchan to the blue riband MCE British Superbike Championship ranks.
But he’ll have to wait until a bit later in the season before he can make his BSB debut.
Unfortunately by a cruel twist of bad luck, the 19-year-old from Essex ruled himself out of this weekend’s Knockhill round after breaking a bone in his back whilst motocrossing!
Buchan has ridden for the team for three years in the Superstock 600 and 1000cc classes, making a real impact in every season he has raced.
This year after a slow start with another team, Danny has returned to MSS with a win and three podiums, and now sits second in the National Superstock 1000 championship standings.
MSS Bathams Kawasaki team owner Nick Morgan said: “The plan was always to get Danny on the superbike and so we’re excited to give him that chance a bit earlier than he expected.
“We want him to feel under no pressure so we’ve decided to give him the whole season to learn rather than just on a race to race basis.
“He’s come through the Kawasaki Team Green programme so he’s part of the family and has Andrew Pitt mentoring him. We also have the grand old daddy of racing Michael Rutter with us, so Danny will have plenty of valuable advice when he needs it.
“Obviously, the timing of the crash couldn’t be worse but we’re looking forward to getting Danny out on the bike as soon as possible and giving him all the tools he needs to prove he deserves a superbike seat.”
Buchan added: “Okay, now I’m really excited! I only got back with the team at Oulton and we immediately got the win so to be asked to ride the Superbike is a dream come true.
The superbike and superstock ZX-10s will be very different but they are at least the same original bike. I’m just going to try and make the most of this amazing opportunity.
“It sucks that I crashed and burned on the ‘crosser but I’m using the hyperbaric chamber in the Isle of Man and the specialist says I just need to rest for a few weeks.”