WELSH TO RIDE COMPETITION SYSTEMS KAWASAKI TORONTO, Ont. (January 15) -- The Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team has announced that Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. will pilot its Kawasaki Ninja ZX- 10R in the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike ...
WELSH TO RIDE COMPETITION SYSTEMS KAWASAKI
TORONTO, Ont. (January 15) -- The Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team has announced that Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. will pilot its Kawasaki Ninja ZX- 10R in the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship.
Primary sponsors of the team will be Canadian Kawasaki Motors and Parts Canada.
"Kawasaki has a long and successful history of racing in Canada and the team is thrilled that they have entrusted us to carry on that tradition," said team owner Mike Crompton. "We are also very pleased to have Parts Canada on board. They have put so much into this series and sport that we all enjoy. Their support will be a great asset to our team."
The 21-year-old Welsh is one of the hottest new talents in Canadian motorcycle road racing. He was the 2008 HJC Pro Rookie of the Year in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship and last summer joined the Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory team.
Despite missing one race due to injury he finished seventh in the Superbike class on a Ninja ZX-10R with a top finish of third at Mosport International Raceway. He placed fourth in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike standings with four podium results to his credit, including a runner-up finish at Mosport, riding Kawasaki's ZX-6R Ninja.
"Alex showed great promise and team spirit in 2009," Crompton added. "All the crew is looking forward to concentrating its efforts with him and look forward to a successful 2010 season."
The crew will consist of Harald Surian, a multi-time championship- winning tuner, who will look after trackside set-up and suspension. Richard Winter, whose immaculate Ninja ZX-6R Sport Bikes have won the past four Canadian national titles, will be the in-house builder and tuner. Crompton will handle engines and logistics. He has some 40 years of experience in the Canadian motorcycle industry, supplying engines and race equipment to some of the country's leading competitors.
For the past several years, Canadian Kawasaki Motors has run its national road race program in-house. Last summer the squad claimed its fourth straight titles in the Parts Canada Superbike and Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike divisions. Crompton had been the crew chief for the Kawasaki program through its run of success.
"Work has begun in preparation for the new season and we will be ready for testing soon," he added.
The 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship opens May 28-30 at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Que.