FORMER PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER TO TACKLE THE 2013 BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

The MH Kawasaki team set for 2013 MCE BSB - Quigley, Howarth, Mainwaring (PHOTO : Ian Ward)

The MH Kawasaki team set for 2013 MCE BSB – Quigley, Howarth, Mainwaring (PHOTO : Ian Ward)

Former professional rugby player Michael Howarth will tackle a new challenge this season in the 2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship after unveiling his new MH Kawasaki team with riders Howie Mainwaring and Luke Quigley.

Howarth most recently has been racing in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, however this season he has grasped the opportunity to run a team again, after previously heading up the Tena for Men squad in 2008.

Howarth has signed Mainwaring, who makes his return to the Superbike grid after scoring podium finishes in last year’s Superstock class. Quigley completes the team line up having secured point scoring finishes with GBmoto Honda last season in their debut campaign.

Mainwaring said: “It feels massive to be part of this team. I have wanted to get back into Superbikes for a while and now I have a really good shot. I am looking forward to getting back on the Kawasaki as I just gel with the bike and I think it will give me the chance to have some good finishes. We are under no illusions of how tough the championship is, but the team has really high hopes and I want to be getting near the sharp end. There definitely will be some good races between us former Superstock riders too; I have some unfinished business with guys like PJ (Jacobsen) and Keith (Farmer) so I will want to mix it up with them again. It will be like a championship within a championship if you include Danny (Buchan) too – we are all not scared of a bit of fairing rubbing! I also need to thank Walker Signs and Street Furniture for their support.”

Quigley said: “This is a great team that has been put together and I think both me and Howie want to reward them by doing a good job. I am excited, but to be honest a Kawasaki is probably the only bike I have never raced! I think seeing how well it performed last year makes us all feel so motivated to put in the hard work and hopefully it will pay off with results. After the season last year in Superbike I feel like I have a good idea of what to expect and I think me and Howie will push each other all the way.”

Team Owner Michael Howarth concluded: “The decision to run the team stemmed from the end of last season when I raced in Superstock. I want to have a team that is enthusiastic and I really want to do the job properly. I have really big personal goals for the team and high expectations of both of the riders; I want to beat what the team we had in 2008 achieved as a start and then who knows what we can do as this is a long-term project. I have so much enthusiasm and that is what you need to be successful in racing. The combination of me wanting this team to be a success, plus a pair of dedicated riders whose ultimate passion is racing, should be an exciting prospect.”

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