Leon Haslam will be back for an attack on the 2017 BSB title after signing for Kawasaki UK to line up at Bournemouth Kawasaki alongside Luke Mossey as he bids to go one better after narrowly missing out on this year’s crown.
Haslam returned to Britain this year from the WSBK stage with JG Speedfit Kawasaki and celebrated nine race wins and a further six podium finishes as he took the title fight with Shane Byrne down to the wire at the final round.
The contender had options to return to WSBK but instead chose to sign a contract with the Kawasaki factory and remain in WSBK.
Haslam said: “This year was obviously a good one for me; it was my first season with Kawasaki and also the first back in BSB with the no electronics rule. It was a tough year revisiting some of the tracks I hadn’t been to for eight years but we came out fighting at every round.
“I had some interesting options in WSBK but I know with this package we are going to be battling for wins and a championship title. I believe in Kawasaki and I think this second year working together will certainly put us in a stronger position than when we started out this season.
“The aim for me is always to win and of course Shakey will be the target, but we both go into the new season with a year with our respective manufacturers so I feel we are in a similar position. There are lots of interesting rumours about who will be joining us on the grid next year, which is great as I love a challenge. We go into the 2017 season ahead of where we started this year and we will be ready to roll when it comes to Donington Park for the first round.”
Mossey will return for a third consecutive season with the team as the 24-year old from Cambridge bids to build on his performance this year after securing a closely-fought Showdown place for the first time, scoring four podium finishes and a best result of second place at Oulton Park.
Mossey made his MCE BSB debut in 2015, progressing from the Dickies British Supersport class and became a podium finisher in his rookie campaign, ending with him celebrating the Riders Cup title.
The team will make their first public appearance when they officially unveil their new livery and title partner at Motorcycle Live at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 19 November at the Kawasaki stand.