BSB: Nick Morgan and Mark Smith-Halvorsen join forces at MSS Performance

Max Morgan will compete in the Superstock 1000 class
Max Morgan will compete in the Superstock 1000 class

Former official Kawasaki UK British Superbike team owners Nick Morgan and Mark Smith-Halvorsen have joined forces to give their sons a shot in the Pirelli National Superstock classes.

Max Morgan will step up to Superstock 1000 with David Shoubridge, with both riders competing on the 2021 Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

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“I am really happy to be taking the step up to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship at BSB this year,” Max Morgan said. “It’s going to be a big step up in terms of pace and competitiveness, but I feel more than ready in myself, to take on the challenge! With Christmas over, I can’t wait to get going with Dad and the team.”

Max Smith-Halvorsen will enter the 600 class and compete on the Kawasaki Ninja 636 machine, whilst Cameron Dawson will compete in the Junior Supersport Championship onboard the Ninja 400. All three bike models will be prepared in the MSS Performance workshops by Nick Morgan and his team.

“I’m super motivated to be joining MSS Performance for 2021,”Max Smith-Halvorsen commented. “I will be training hard, to fire myself straight into my first proper season at British – on-board the Kawasaki 636.

“I know it will be a challenge, but I feel ready and know I couldn’t have a better outfit around me to help me make progress! I’d like to thank my Dad and Nick at MSS Performance for this fantastic opportunity. Let’s see what we can do!”

Nick Morgan ran Kawasaki’s official BSB team (MSS) a role later taken by Mark Smith-Halvorsen who campaigned his JG Speedfit team to the front of the series with riders including 2018 champion Leon Haslam. The experienced duo are now looking to support their Max’s in the next stage of their racing career.

“This is a new venture alongside Mark, we will also be working closely with the Affinity Sports Academy at BSB,” Nick Morgan added. “With both of us running a ‘Max’ in their respective classes, along with Cameron on the 400 and David Shoubridge in Stock 1000, it will be busy. But I am sure it will also be enjoyable – and ultimately that’s what it is all about.”

Mark Smith-Halvorsen concluded: “Max and I have been wondering just what to do in 2021. He has really got his teeth into the 600s in a short period of time and we have agreed, that maybe ‘jumping in at the deep end’ is the right thing to do.

“I have also been working with Dave Shoubridge for some time now and have seen exactly what he is capable of. So, when his involvement with MSS looked set – it seemed like my time and attention might be best spent in joining forces.”