Supersport stars Kennedy and Mackenzie to BSB with WD40 Kawasaki

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Former British Supersport runner up and 2014 World Supersport podium finisher Jack Kennedy will return to British soil for the 2015 season, as he joins the MCE British Superbike Championship for Team WD40 Kawasaki. He’ll be reunited with former Mar-train Yamaha teammate Taylor Mackenzie, who steps up from the 600cc class for the first time.

Kennedy will make his full-time superbike debut for the team at Donington Park in April, having previously concentrated solely on the supersport class, but with a huge amount of experience under his belt, the Dubliner doesn’t foresee many problems with the transition.

“I’ve rode superbikes before in some one-off races before back in Ireland, and I’ve always got on really well with them. I’m excited now to show what I’m capable of, on a good bike and with a good team around me. The plan is definitely to come in and upset the applecart a bit!”

Returning teammate Mackenzie actually brings just as much experience in riding a superbike, and with the chance of a top class supersport bike slipping past him, he reckons that now is the time for him to make a step up.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me, and I think it’s going to be a good season for me! I’m looking to do the same as I did in British Supersport, starting off slowly and build up from there. My first goal is going to be to score points, but as long as I’m improving every week the team will be happy.”

The super-team doesn’t stop there, though, with Kennedy and Mackenzie being joined by a whole host of others. Running under the Stauff Connect Academy banner in National Superstock 600, the team will retain the younger Mackenzie Tarran, who’ll be joined by Motostar runner up Joe Irving. 

Schoolboy motocrosser Sam Atkinson and rising minimoto star Josh bannister will also complete the 2015 season under the team’s colours.

For the full story, see today Wednesday 21st January’s Motorcycle News.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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