Luke Stapleford will make his British Superbike debut at Silverstone next weekend after signing to ride for JG Speedfit Kawasaki for the last two rounds of the season. The 24 year old, who requires just three more points to clinch the British Supersport title, will combine his championship charge with BSB commitments at Silverstone and Brands Hatch in October.
Although the Supersport crown remains his number one priority, the Profile Racing rider is excited to test himself against the best that BSB has to offer.
“I’m so excited for Silverstone, it’s incredible to be joining a high profile team like JG Speedfit Kawasaki and I want to thank Mark and everyone for this opportunity. Obviously our main goal is to wrap up the Supersport title at Silverstone, but we’ve not changed the bike for the past few rounds as it’s so good, so our plan is to not do too many laps before the race in order to concentrate on the Superbike.”
“I’m under no illusions as to how big of a challenge it will be given the strength and depth of the British Superbike grid, but there’s no pressure on me from the team or anyone to perform, so we can use Silverstone and Brands as almost a test to see where we stack up and help decide what my moves are next year. I’ve ridden a 1000cc bike a few times before, so hopefully the Superbike won’t be a massive shock – I just can’t wait to get going now!”
JG Speedfit Kawasaki team principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen is delighted to have secured Stapleford’s services and will not be putting any pressure on the debutant.
“Following a change to our rider line up at Assen, we are really happy to welcome Luke Stapleford into the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for the final two rounds of the series. Luke is very close to securing a fantastic 2015 Supersport Championship at Silverstone and we will be working closely with Profile Racing, to ensure that we combine and assist his work with us, to prioritise that as early as possible. He is committed to finishing his year on their Triumph 675 and so will face a tough schedule throughout both race weekends!”
“For Luke, it is the chance to try Superbike racing in earnest and to work with some experienced technical people, as he makes an assessment about his racing future and his plans for 2016. We feel really confident that the package we have will allow him to get a top level insight into the premier class, and the entire team is looking forward to working with such a talented and accomplished young rider. There will be no preconceived ideas or pressure to perform, however his inclusion in our squad will help to bolster the fresh confidence we have, as we attempt to battle our way back to the top of the BSB table before the final flag drops this year.”