Westmoreland relishing GBmoto challenge

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James Westmoreland says he’s relishing the opportunity to work with a team as professional as JG Speedfit GBmoto, when he makes the jump from BMW machinery to Kawasaki for the 2015 MCE British Superbike championship.

The Yorkshireman had a troubled year in 2014, with a broken hand at Knockhill keeping him out of the Showdown race he made it into the season before, but with new factory-supported machinery below him says that’s clearly the season’s target.

“They’re a really really good team, and that makes it sweet, because 2014 was a hard year for me. It’s put the sparkle back into me; I’ve never felt like this before in my whole career and I’ve been given the best opportunity of my life.”

“I believe that I’ve got a lot to still give in BSB, and that I’ve not reached my full potential yet. I’m not going to say I’m going to win the championship, because there’s a lot of very good riders in there, but I believe that we can be regulars on the podium and that we can make the Showdown.”

Westmoreland is set to line up alongside James Ellison at the squad, and with their development of the ZX-10R package still ongoing he says that the veteran rider’s experience will be crucial.

“James has so much experience, and he’s already been here for a year, and has developed the bike to where it is. As far as I understand, the bike is still a step behind Shakey’s PBM bike, but they can bridge that gap this year, and they have some great ideas. I honestly can’t wait to get out to Spain!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer