Nov 25, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki
Ben Godfrey and the Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki.
Ben Godfrey joins Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki for Superstock 600 challenge
THE Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki team have signed Ben Godfrey to launch an assault on the 2014 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.
Both the team and the 18-year-old from Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, have their eyes firmly fixed on winning the 2014 championship as they both return for a second season in the fierce class.
On board the team’s Kawasaki ZX6R machine, Godfrey is confident he can build on his success towards the end of last season when he took the lap record at Donington and then celebrated a podium at Silverstone on his BMC Racing/Blinds4U Yamaha.
“My aim for 2014 is to win the championship, and I firmly believe that with the Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki team this will be possible,” he said. “I’m really, really happy to be joining them; the team line-up is very strong for next year and I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity.
“The title is what I’m going for, I’m hoping that after the big steps forward we made in the final few rounds of 2013 that we’ll be in the perfect position to go out and fight at the front straight away.
“The whole team is chasing the same goal and I am relishing the opportunity to get out there with such a competitive package and strong team behind me.”
Team owner Dave Tyson is delighted with his second new signing in as many days. Godfrey’s arrival in the squad comes just a day after Tyson confirmed a two rider team for the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship with Kyle Wilks joining Danny Buchan.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Ben to the team, after a steady year in the Superstock 600 class in 2013 I believe he is perfectly poised for success in 2014,” he said. “Ben now has a year’s experience under his belt and we all think he will be pushing for podiums from Round One.
“We’re all looking forward to running bikes in both Pirelli National Superstock Championships next season – we have a two year plan for all of our riders.
“The idea is that Ben will have a good season in Superstock 600 and then move up to Superstock 1000 in 2015 where he will partner Kyle Wilks as Danny Buchan moves up to British Superbikes.
“This is our plan, we want to give the riders and the whole team some stability for the next couple of years and I believe we have found the perfect team to take us forward.”
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More, from another press release issued by Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki:
Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki sign Kyle Wilks for 2014 Superstock 1000 campaign
THE Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki team are delighted to announce Kyle Wilks as their newest signing to contest the 2014 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
The 19-year-old from Southampton will partner Danny Buchan as the team launches a two-pronged attack on the 2014 season powered by Kawasaki ZX10R machinery in the hard-fought class.
Wilks joins the Tsingtao Racing team after making his Superstock 1000 debut in 2013 with the Bournemouth Kawasaki squad. Having spent the year getting to grips with the machine, he now feels he is a good position to become a regular frontrunner when the new season begins next April
“I’m really looking forward to 2014, Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki have put together a really good package,” he said. “I’m excited about getting back on the Kawasaki and I believe we will be in a position to be competitive from the start.
“My aims for the season are to get some strong podium finishes over the year and hopefully finish the season in a good position high up in the championship. I think as a team Danny and I will be very strong and I believe we have the full package here which will allow us to move forward very quickly.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to Dave Tyson and all of the team as well as everyone else who has helped give me this fantastic opportunity. It’s great to have my season sorted out now so I can relax a little bit over the winter and work on my training so I can make the best possible start next year.”
Team owner Dave Tyson added: “We’ve signed Kyle to partner Danny because we believe he is a rider with a great deal of potential. This will be his second season in Superstock 1000 and he has already showed great promise.
“We believe that once he has got to grips with the bike that he will certainly be challenging for podiums as the season progresses. In 2014 we will continue to build and develop the bikes at Hampshire Motorcycles with technical help from MSS Performance and we have very big plans.
“Signing Kyle today is the start of a very big week for everyone at Tsingtao Racing Kawasaki. We have some more big announcements coming up – it’s a very exciting time for the whole team and is the start of what promises to be a brilliant 2014 season.”