Swedish racer Filip Backlund will join MCE British Superbike 2015 top newcomer Luke Mossey at the Quattro Plant Kawasaki squad for 2016, as the team also expands to British Supersport with the addition of race winner Andy Reid.
Mossey, who took the Riders’ Cup crown as well as that of top rookie in his debut season, was first confirmed as remaining with the team almost as soon as the season ended at Brands Hatch, but his new teammates have been unveiled today on stage at Motorcycle Live.
The Cambridgeshire rider says that with a year under his belt, he’s now keen to build on what he’s achieved with a solid second rear on superbike machinery.
“I’m delighted to be staying put with the Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki team in 2016 and the goal will be to make the all-import top six Showdown. We made a decent show in the second half of this season and really started to find our feet in BSB.
“To stand on the podium at Thruxton and Assen was an amazing feeling and I want more of that in 2016. A big thanks to Tec-care for their continued support and I’m sure Pete and the whole Quattro Plant team share my lofty ambitions for 2016.”
Meanwhile Backlund, who had a solid first year in BSB in 2015, says he’s also already set a goal for the coming season.
“I have known Pete and his crew since my first season here in the UK in 2013. I have always had an eye on their good work, so for me to be part of that team now feels great. After my first year in BSB, our aim is to always fight inside the top ten, and where possible, try and put ourselves in the top six. I'm a racer and will always want to win – that is my goal and nothing can change that.”
And with the addition of 2015 race winner and title contender Reid, until injury brought a premature end to his season at Oulton Park, to the squad, the team are in a good position to take honours in the middleweight class as well – something the Northern Irishman says he’s prepared to do.
“I have to say first off: this is the best deal for me for 2016 and my only focus now, is preparing myself correctly to go and win next season’s British Supersport Championship. I’m familiar with the Quattro Plant team and I’ve ridden a ZX-6R before, so I know how good the chassis is.
“I’m honestly really excited to be working alongside Filip, who is a former team-mate, and Luke who I’ve known for a long time. The whole team seem a great bunch and I’m so happy to be back in British Supersport – as that was always my goal for 2016. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. It’s very much appreciated.”
The team are also set to be joined by reigning British Sidecar duo Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, looking to defend their title with the new ZX-10R engine, while James Hillier will remain as their road racing expert.