Ulsterman Andrew Irwin and Aussie Ben Currie will battle for the Dickies British Supersport title in 2017 after signing a deal to ride for the Gearlink Kawasaki team.
Irwin joined the team mid-way through 2016 and consistently scored points. He will be joined by fellow 21-year-old Currie who finished eighth overall and won two races this year.
Gearlink Kawasaki secured nine podiums throughout the 2016 season with their riders and will be aiming for more next year with their new line-up.
“I’m really excited to be going into my first full season with the Gearlink Kawasaki team in the Dickies British Supersport Championship. I learnt a lot in the last half of the 2016 season, I didn’t get
the podium I wanted but I gained a huge amount of knowledge which will help massively towards my 2017 season,” said Irwin.
“I feel like now is the right time to make that step to be consistently fighting for podiums and wins and if we can do that then we’ll certainly be Championship challengers, that is my goal.
“I’m very thankful to Michael and Norma de Bidaph to have given me another chance and I’ll be giving 100 percent on and off the track to repay them for the faith they’ve shown in me by keeping me on the Gearlink Kawasaki next year. A huge thank you to all my personal sponsors and the team sponsors for making this happen, for me to be able to chase my dream.”
Currie said: “I’m really excited to start my new journey with the Gearlink Kawasaki team in a bid to win the 2017 Dickies British Supersport Championship. I would like to say a huge thank you to Michael and Norma for giving me this opportunity and being so welcoming towards me.
“It will be a new challenge for me but one I am certainly looking forward to. I hope to get up to speed on the Kawasaki quickly and put that into the races. Roll on testing and round one.”