Reigning British Supersport Champion Jack Kennedy has an eye on a move back into the Bennetts-backed Superbike series next season as he believes he has ‘unfinished business’ in the blue riband class.
The Dubliner is favourite to pick up a second middleweight crown in 2019 and although enjoying the Supersport battles, says he wants to move back into Superbikes or maybe a second stint in WorldSSP.
“I would have liked to have moved up last year but I was in a bit of a situaton where I had the choice of holding out on something I wasn’t too sure of, or go with what I know and stay where I was happy,” Kennedy told bikesportnews.com.
I feel like I have unfinished business in the Superbike class and I know that with a good bike and a good team we can run at the front. That is where I am looking next year.
“I wouldn’t rule out WorldSSP either if there was a team, or my team if they went, once we got the knowledge and bits and pieces that we can change to help our bike.
“I’d like to stay with Yamaha as they have been good to me. I will try and stay that route if I can. There might be a space in WorldSSP if Caricasulo moves up but a lot of riders have to bring money and I definitely won’t be doing that.”
Even with an early scaphoid break, Kennedy has a healthy 22-point lead over Alastair Seeley in Supersport but tensions have boiled over this year already.
“We’re having a great year so far. We started off as strong if not stronger than last year. Staying with the same team and same bike because you have all the data, and the relationship already built. It’s great to rock up knowing they’re going to put a good bike underneath you, and all you ave to do is your job.
“I try not let anything hinder me. I would prefer to pass out with pain than give up, so nothing is going to hold me back. I am still as hungry for this championship as I was last year and it’s going to take a lot to beat me.
Alastair was the man to beat when I first started racing back home, there was rivalry there before we started this championship and I feel he has taken it to another level. I will keep racing and get on the with job I have to do.
“At Brands, I was happy to finish second, I was just back from breaking my wrist, I gave him a run in tricky conditions and then he risks my safety when the race is over. Some said I was bitter I had finished second. I didn’t know I had finished second at that time.
“If I had wanted to, I could have squeezed him onto the grass on the straight but I didn’t because I am not a dangerous rider. I’m hard but I’m fair.”