BSB: Lee Hardy confirms Kawasaki switch

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Lee Hardy Racing will make the switch to Kawasaki power for the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with Jake Dixon, as reported by MCN last month. 

The team have run BMW machinery for the last two seasons but make the switch ahead of the 2017 season. Dixon signed for the team mid-way through last year, instantly impressing with a number of top ten finishes before being ruled out for the remainder of the season after a horrific crash at Oulton Park.

The team will also expand into the new-look Superstock 1000 class with Stock 600 Champion Jordan Weaving.

“It has been a very busy winter for the team; the switch to Kawasaki came about at the last round of the 2016 season so there has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” said team owner Lee Hardy.  

“The opportunity to partner Kawasaki was too good to pass up and we are very excited for the forthcoming season and this new partnership with Kawasaki. Everyone involved in the team knows this is an exciting opportunity and can’t wait to get to work fully on the bikes at the opening test next week in Spain.

“I have structured our testing programme slightly different to last year and we will begin at the Cartagena test followed by two days at Calafat and then the official MCE BSB test at Donington Park. The official team launch will be the eve of the official test where we will unveil the team’s partners and 2017 livery.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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