Scot Iain MacPherson is hoping to secure a shock return to big time racing having secured a test ride that could see him line up in this year’s Bol d’Or 24-hour world endurance race.
The 38-year-old hasn’t raced full-time since he rode in the 2003 World Supersport series, but MacPherson has landed a test on a Kawasaki ZX-10R in Le Mans on March 20 and 21.
He faces competition from two other riders for the final place in a Kawasaki team that will definitely field Christophe Cogan.
If selected for the famous Bol d’Or at Magny Cours on September 15 and 16, MacPherson is hoping it will kick start his plans to make a dramatic return to racing.
“I’ve been looking at returning to racing for a while now, and this test gives me a good chance to show people what I can do. If I can do the test and set some fast lap times I’m hoping it might lead to something back on the short circuits in the UK, perhaps in supersport or even in British superbikes. The problem is that once you are out of the paddock it is so hard to get back in, but hopefully this endurance test will give me a foot back in the door," said MacPherson, who hasn’t raced in a world endurance event since 1998 when he finished second in the Spa 24-hour while riding for the official factory Kawasaki France team.