BSB: Mainwaring-Smart joins ePayMe Yamaha for Cadwell

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Howie Mainwaring will line-up alongside John Hopkins for the ePayMe Yamaha team at Cadwell Park next week, with the team’s regular rider, Broc Parkes away on World Endurance duties.

Parkes had signed to ride for the ePayMe Yamaha team for the rest of the season following Stuart Easton’s departure ahead of Brands Hatch, but the Australian would have to fulfil his commitments to the Yamaha Austria Racing Team in the Endurance World Championship. 

With the Yamaha outfit still in contention for the EWC title, Parkes will travel to Oschersleben to compete in the final round of the 2016 series leaving Hill with a vacant seat for Cadwell.

Mainwaring started the 2016 MCE BSB season with the Smiths Racing team, but split with the Gloucester-based squad amicably after the Thruxton round, stating that he’d struggled to gel with the BMW S1000RR machine.

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“You can only imagine how happy I am to have been given this opportunity,” he said. “I have tested the Yamaha, although not the one I am going to race at Cadwell Park and it really seemed to suit my style. I am excited about this chance to race with Tommy’s team and although Cadwell Park is a bit quirky, I have no pressure on me so I can just build up through the weekend. I am really looking forward to Cadwell Park and doing the best job I can for the team.”

Team boss Tommy Hill added: “As a team it has been difficult because we have agreed with Broc to complete the final rounds of the season, however Cadwell Park clashes with the World Endurance event in Germany and we respect Broc’s existing commitments with Yamaha, who could potentially win the title.

“We wanted to have both ePayMe Yamahas on the grid at Cadwell Park and with this as a one off appearance; we have decided to give Howie the opportunity. He has had a difficult season and he can go into this event with no preconceptions or pressure." 

Parkes will be back for next month’s triple header at Oulton Park, but is expected to then miss the first round of the showdown at Donington Park due to another endurance clash.  

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing