PR Racing Kawasaki have confirmed their status as the latest BSB Elite team for 2012 with Gary Mason joining Simon Andrews. Mason moves from the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team and has already sampled the 2012 spec machinery in the closing races of this season.
The 32 year old has been impressed by the Liverpool-based team during his time in the paddock and is delighted to be working together with them in a season which sees a new set of regulations similar to the former EVO class.
“I have known PR Racing for a number of years, so when the opportunity to ride for the team became available, I was delighted to take it. The energy, enthusiasm and passion for success in the team are really high. I know with that commitment and the right backing, we will do well on the track.”
“Both Simon and I are old-school riders. Not having traction control and other complex electronics controlling the bike suits our riding style. As a rider, you should feel the bike and know when to push. Our wealth of knowledge and experience on the Kawasaki will be a real advantage. This is an exciting time for the championship and we cannot wait to be back on the track in preparation for the start of the season.”
Andrews is staying on for a second season with PR Racing and is highly motivated after missing the second half of last season with a broken leg sustained in a crash at Snetterton.
“I am really pleased to be staying with the team for 2012 on the Kawasaki UK supported ZX-10R. Until the accident last year, all our planning and development was coming together really well, as we had regular podium finishes. Not finishing last season has made me more determined than ever, as I feel I have a point to prove.”
Team Development Director Julian Mosquera expects the upcoming season to be as competitive as ever and feels he has the riders to make an impression.
“We are delighted to retain Simon for another year and have Gary Mason join the team. Having two riders of their calibre and experience shows our commitment and determination to step up to the challenge of contending the 2012 BSB Championship. This is the first year all teams will be racing on a level playing field, so given last year's development and the results we achieved with Simon, we all feel up beat going into the full Evo championship.”