BSB: Buchan back to BSB with FS3, Jackson in Superstock

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Pirelli National Superstock 1000 champion Danny Buchan will return to British Superbikes in 2018 after signing a deal to join the FS3 Racing Kawasaki squad.

After a tough two years in BSB in 2015 and 2016, Buchan stepped back to the Superstock class in 2017 and went on to win his second title.

Returning to BSB on a Kawasaki, a machine he is familiar with after he began to break ground with a podium with the Be Wiser Kawasaki team in 2015 before he was left without a ride upon the team’s collapse.

While a one-off appearance with the FS3 squad at Assen last year didn’t go to plan, team owners Nigel Snook and Darren Fry have opted to give Buchan another shot over a full year as they continue to find their feet in the superbike class with support from Kawasaki’s Team Green project.

“Thank you to Nigel and Darren at FS-3 Racing for giving me an opportunity to be back in the Superbike class and thanks to Kawasaki UK and Team Green for adding another year to our already strong relationship, which was formed in 2010!” Buchan said.


“I'm happy to be going back into the premier class on a bike I know so well and coming off a Championship win is always great. I've been in this position before so I know what I'm jumping into, but now I'm three years older and three years wiser, so that puts me in a better position. I will also be working with Matt Llewellyn as my crew chief, with whom I had a couple of podiums in 2015, so the recipe is good. We are going to work hard throughout winter to be best prepared come round one.”

Lincolnshire youngster Lee Jackson will also join the FS3 squad for 2018 as he takes a step back to the Superstock class, hoping to follow in Buchan’s footsteps and clinch a title before securing a return to Superbike in the future.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the Kawasaki brand once again,” Jackson said. Last time I rode a Kawasaki I had great success winning the Junior Superstock Championship. Making a return to the Superstock 1000 class as it stands now is really exciting for me with how competitive it is. It’s also fantastic joining a well-established team who I am sure will put a great bike underneath me.”

Team owner, Nigel Snook added: “We have two riders who are very capable in their respective classes and we can't wait to see what they will be able to achieve next year. The British Superbike series is moving from strength to strength and we are excited to be a part of this once again in 2018, contesting not one but two of the premier classes in BSB.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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