BSB: Terry Rymer brought in as JG Speedfit Kawasaki boss

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki have announced the appointment of former British champion Terry Rymer as the squad’s new team manager as they look to get their 2016 MCE British Superbike season on track. 

The Louth-based squad has endured a tough few rounds as they continue to fine tune Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R, with riders Leon Haslam, James Ellison and Peter Hickman all struggling with power delivery issues at the faster British circuits.


The team’s issues came to a head at Thruxton as the trio all ranked outside the top 20 in opening practice. While there was some improvement ahead of qualifying, Thruxton marked the first time this season none of the team’s trio made it through to the final stage with Hickman tenth, Haslam 15th and Ellison a lowly 23rd.  

While race day brought better fortunes, the team left the Hampshire circuit without any silverware for the second round in succession. Determined to turn things around, the past ten days have been nothing but engine and dyno work with James Ellison out on track for a double test this week at Snetterton and Donington for a brief shakedown.

Rymer joins the team with a wealth of both racing and management experience, with team principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen hoping this will allow the squad to ‘better coordinate efforts and maximise results’. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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