Newly-crowned two-time Dickies British Supersport Champion Jack Kennedy will return to the blue riband class in 2020 after signing to ride alongside Dan Linfoot in the Santander Salt TAG squad.
Kennedy, who has dominated the middleweight class for the past two seasons, last raced in British Superbikes during the 2016 season and is already talking about making the 2020 Showdown.
“I’m over the moon, I had a job to do at Donington Park and that is now done so now I can focus on 2020 after getting myself a good ride in BSB with Santander Salt TAG Racing,” said the Dubliner.
“I’m really excited, I’m happy to be staying with Yamaha as well, they are a goodmanufacturer to ride for and the R1 is a bike I feel I can really do well on.
“I feel like I have unfinished business in the Superbike class and with this opportunity I can prove myself again on a big bike. It really fits into place, the team speaks for itself for what they have done in the past, they have been around a long time also, which is good and I
really feel I can put myself up the sharp end on a competitive bike that the team turn out.
It almost feels identical to the Appleyard team because it is such a family run team, with a family environment and from the conversations that I have had with Rob and a few of the other lads in the team I get that same feeling and I really enjoy that. It’s a real welcome feeling because I am starting a family myself so there is no better time to join another family orientated outfit, I’m really looking forward to it.
“The new R1 has a lot of upgrades and updates to it so I’m sure it will be a stronger package, I’m excited to see what it is like, and also I’m excited to hear what Dan thinks because he will have ridden the old and new models.
“My goal is the Showdown of course, I haven’t felt as good as I ever have done in the last two years and I know I can put consistent results together, obviously it needs to be in the top five or six but I feel we can get there when I get comfortable on the bike, there is no reason why we can’t be up there.”