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Kirkham joins Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki from Knockhill

It is with regret that the Halsall Racing Team announces it has parted company with Harry Hartley after a tough start to the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship.

Derby’s Jon Kirkham is set to take over the team’s sole Kawasaki ZX10-R from the fourth round of the championship at Knockhill in two weeks’ time.  Kirkham joins the team with plenty of pedigree, twice a British Superbike race winner with multiple podiums also to his name.

The 29-year old first rode in the British Superbike Championship as early as 2003, but it was after winning the National Superstock 1000 championship in 2010 that Kirkham became a real contender in the Superbike class. Riding for Suzuki under the management of current Halsall Kawasaki boss, Jack Valentine, Kirkham took his debut superbike victory at Croft in 2011 and followed this up with two further podiums that season.

Halsall Racing achieved three podiums in 2013, their debut season in the British Superbike Championship, and will be looking to move forward with consistent points finishes in an effort to return to previous form.

Jack Valentine, Team Manager: “We are disappointed to let Harry go as we believe he has the talent to make it as a top Superbike rider. At this early stage, the team needs stability to ensure we can be consistently in the points and this is a big ask of a young rider with so little experience.

“Bringing Jon Kirkham into the team was not planned; it was just a coincidence that he became available as we needed a rider. Jon is a good rider who has won races and finished on the podium for me before. He’s had a tough time this season but I think if we can get him back on a competitive bike, we’ll start to see the old Jon Kirkham. He has shown in the past that he is more than capable of top six finishes in BSB and if we can start getting those results, I have no doubt he will be challenging for podiums eventually.”