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FS3 Rac­ing will bol­ster their MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike ef­fort for 2017 after a suc­cess­ful de­but sea­son with Billy Mcconnell.

Run­ning the bikes pre­vi­ously used by PBM and Shane Byrne to fight for the 2015 ti­tle, Mcconnell took a brace of top 10 fin­ishes for the all-new team to earn him­self a place in the squad next year aboard the lat­est Kawasaki ZX-10R.

The Coven­try-based out­fit will also ex­pand to two bikes, with James Rispoli join­ing the team to com­pete in the Pirelli Na­tional Su­per­stock 1000 cham­pi­onship.

The team also gains a ti­tle spon­sor for next sea­son, after plant hire firm Quat­tro Plant am­i­ca­bly parted com­pany with the Bournemouth Kawasaki team.

“We learned a lot dur­ing our first year in the se­ries and plan to put that ex­pe­ri­ence to good use next sea­son,” said team owner Nigel Snook. “I’m de­lighted that the team has at­tracted back­ing from Quat­tro Plant, who are great sup­port­ers of the se­ries.

“Billy is look­ing for­ward to a win­ter of hard train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for rid­ing our new Su­per­bike and build­ing on the progress he made with us last year. We’ll also have James Rispoli join­ing the team to front a ti­tle chal­lenge in the Su­per­stock class next year. He knows it’s go­ing to be a re­ally com­pet­i­tive class, but we’re con­fi­dent he’ll be run­ning at the front.”

While Rispoli will be step­ping over to the stock class next year, the team plan to give the Amer­i­can at least one Su­per­bike wild­card in 2017 be­fore he steps back up to BSB full time with them the fol­low­ing year.

“This year has been tough, so to be pre­sented with the op­por­tu­nity to go and win races in Su­per­stock with FS3 and Kawasaki back­ing is good,” he told MCN. “Some­times you have to take a step side­ways to be able to move for­wards and I gen­uinely be­lieve this is what this will be. I just want to be with a team that be­lieve in me.”

‘Some­times you have to take a step side­ways to be able to move for­ward’ JAMES RISPOLI

Mcconnell is look­ing for­ward to a win­ter of hard train­ing

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