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Kennedy is striving for a slick return to these shores

By Paul Lindsay

Jack Kennedy will return from two seasons in World Supersport to head up an exciting new line-up in the WD-40 Kawasaki British Superbike squad. The Irishman will be joined by former team-mate and fellow BSB rookie Taylor Mackenzie.

The 27-year-old Dubliner last competed in the British championship back in 2012. Then Yamaha mounted, he painfully lost out on the British Supersport title on the final day at Brands Hatch to Glen Richards.

The following seasons were spent plying his trade in the World Supersport Championship, but as he openly admitted, he's delighted to have been given this opportunity in BSB, despite it coming "out of the blue".

"I'm over the moon," said the Dublin lad, who explained why he didn't remain in world Supers for a third year. "It just wasn't working out, and when this offer came up it really excited me as British Superbike has such a massive following and the level of riders entered for this year is crazy."

One of the plus points for Kennedy was teaming up once more with his former crew chief Andy Jamison, who has switched camps and is now an integral part of the WD-40 Kawasaki British Superbike set-up.

"They are an awesome team and I'm very happy to be back working with Andy," was Kennedy's initial reaction to having the no-nonsense and much travelled Zimbabwean as his crew chief. "We know each other really well, which means we can hit the ground running."

Despite entering as a British Superbike rookie, Kennedy has a hatful of big bike experience, having ridden 1000cc machinery in local competition in Ireland.

With that in mind, he's pretty confident with his expectations for the year ahead.

"I got on well with the big bikes at home, so I'm dying to get started and show what I can do and hopefully upset the applecart," he smiled, before outlining exactly what he expects to deliver.

"We are not going there to make up the numbers. The plan is to make the top six showdown, although I really want to be knocking on the door of podiums straight away," he explained.

On the bike, he said: "I haven't ridden a ZX-10R before but the bike speaks for itself," referring to the championship winning machine's credentials. "I'm happy to be riding the WD-40 Kawasaki, as there has been no expense spared in building it for me, so I know it will be one of the best."

Kennedy was also keen to offer thanks to team owner and former racer Brent Gladwin, whose team will be celebrating 20 years of competition in 2015. "Brent is a great guy and very enthusiastic about his racing," he said. "It's a big credit to him that he's gone with such a young new team. Our job now is to deliver the goods."

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