BSB: Brad Jones joins Joe Francis at PR Racing for the team's 20th anniversary season

Brad Jones (left) joins Joe Francis (right) at PR Racing
Brad Jones (left) joins Joe Francis (right) at PR Racing

PR Racing has expanded to a two-rider line-up ahead of their 20th anniversary campaign in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

Joe Francis remains for a third consecutive campaign with the Liverpool-based team, whilst Brad Jones makes his Superbike debut after finishing second in the British Supersport Championship in 2020.

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Francis enjoyed an impressive campaign this year and more than tripled his 2019 points tally, picking up two top 10 finishes along the way.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to build on the consistent development from myself and the team over the last two years," Francis said. "Towards the end of the 2020 season, we really stepped up as we closed the gap and ran with the leading pack. I can’t wait to swing my leg over the new bike and start testing."

Jones has been the runner-up in the Supersport class for the last two years and was the only rider to get close to Rory Skinner this year. Jones secured one victory in 2020 for the title-winning Appleyard Macadam Yamaha team.

“I’m very excited to get going, I know I have a lot of learning to do but that’s all part of the process," Jones said. "The excitement is really high for 2021 and get my first taste of the Superbike. At this stage of my career, stepping up into Superbikes and benefitting from all of the team’s experience, is a great opportunity for me.”

The team will field the new BMW M1000 RR next season, meaning that there will be eight of the German manufacturer's latest machine on the grid.

“As we enter our 20th year in the Superbike class, the team are really excited to be bringing another young talent on-board,"Team Principal John Jameson added."With the continued support of Bowker Motorrad, BMW Motorrad UK and the rest of our team partners, we’re really looking forward to, and relish the fresh challenges the 2021 season will bring.

"This announcement completes our 2021 plans with four riders competing in three different classes across the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.”

The 2021 season is scheduled to get underway at Oulton Park on the first weekend in May after a series of tests on British circuits throughout April. Currently, 11 rounds appear on the2021 calendar.

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