BSB: DAO Racing expand into the Superstock class Brayden Elliot

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The DAO Racing Kawasaki team has signed Brayden Elliot ahead of its maiden Pirelli National Superstock Championship campaign in 2023.

It’s the first time that the Cumbria-based team will field two bikes in two championships, with Dean Harrison continuing to represent DAO Racing in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, alongside the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

Elliot has been racing in the UK since 2017 and enjoyed his best season so far in the Superstock class this year. The Aussie finished fourth overall, securing one victory and three further podiums along the way.

“I am very excited to be joining DAO Racing, I see this as a massive step forward in my career,” Elliot said. “It comes on the back of what’s been a really good season and I feel joining the team is the next step of my progression.

“Since I began road racing, I’ve generally been involved with small, family-run teams and I’ve also run my own team but haven’t been associated with anything quite like this. I really love what the team is about, the crew all seem like they’re racing for the right reasons and teams like this are very few and far between.

“It’s going to be a whole new experience, I haven’t ridden a Kawasaki previously, but the team has a lot of experience with it and I think if I can get comfortable with it, we’re looking at a competitive package. I’m aiming for at least a top three in the championship and I want to be winning races and consistently fighting for podiums.”

Harrison secured four podiums at this year’s TT, finishing second in the Superbike, Supersport and Senior races, whilst he was a points scorer in BSB.

Team manager Jonny Bagnall added: “This is a big new adventure for DAO Racing as we enter our next chapter. It’s something we had been considering for a while and when we decided not to run the 600 on the roads next year, we had an opportunity to move in another direction.

“Brayden has been on the team’s radar for a while, I’ve personally been impressed with his performances on track this year, he’s stood out as a rider who has a lot of talent and potential and I think he is the perfect fit for DAO.

“He joins Dean, who will continue to race in BSB after another strong season, while of course, focusing on the international road races. I feel we have two excellent riders in our stable and I know both are hungry for success. I am quietly confident an exciting and rewarding 2023 could be on the cards.”