FS3 KAWASAKI STEP UP FOR 2017
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.”
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Mcconnell is looking forward to a winter of hard training