FS-3 Kawasaki part ways with James East

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The all-new FS-3 Kawasaki team, who were set to run National Superstock 1000 front runner James East in the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship, have announced that they have parted ways with the Royston-based rider.

The team, who purchased the ex-PBM Kawasaki machines of Shane Byrne for their 2016 campaign after the championship-winning team’s switch to Ducati, have however confirmed that they hope to soon announce a replacement rider.

In a short statement, Team owner Nigel Snook said that despite the disappointment they hope to continue their 2016 plans ASAP.

"We are disappointed with this development, but despite this we have worked hard to assemble a team with high-calibre, proven experienced staff and technical hardware to match. We hope to conclude the final part of the jigsaw over the next week and ahead of a scheduled five day test across two circuits in Spain."

Meanwhile East, who was one of the leading lights in the superstock support series last season, says that despite ‘not being able to agree on final terms’ with the squad, he’s hoping to find a replacement ride himself.

“I will not be racing with FS-3 in the British Superbike Championship this season, and although I am gutted that this situation has come to fruition, my love for motorcycle racing will keep me pushing forward.

“I am available and determined to race in 2016, and I know I have the proficient skill, and dexterity to adapt and succeed in any class, and in any championship, whether it be domestic, or on the World Stage.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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