Mar-Train Racing have announced Danny Kent will join its team for the 2024 British Superbike Championship [BSB] season.
The Lisburn outfit stepped up to the Superbike class with Jack Kennedy this season after dominating en route to the 2022 British Supersport Championship title with the Irishman.
A partnership that has gone on to yield solid results, among them a handful of top eight finishes and a peak of fourth place at Brands Hatch, nevertheless it was announced earlier this month that Kennedy and Mar-Train Racing would part ways at the end of the season.
In his place comes Kent, the 2015 Moto3 World Champion coming on board to ride the Mar-Train Yamaha R1, which will once more come with engineering support from Raceways despite its impending BSB exit under the McAMS banner.
The deal represents a change of tact for Kent who, after making his BSB debut in 2021 with Buildbase Suzuki, competed successfully under his own eponymous team aboard customer Honda machinery.
Twice a podium winner in 2023 before his season was curtailed, Kent is excited to be trying the Yamaha for size in 2024.
“I’m very happy to be joining Mar-Train Racing and Yamaha for the 2024 Bennetts BSB season,” he said. “I’d like to thank Tim and everyone at Mar-Train for giving me this opportunity and believing in me.
“Mar-Train put together a very competitive package with Yamaha and I feel we have everything in order to have a successful 2024. The goal, as always, is to be a consistent podium challenge and secure our first BSB win together.”
“We’ve been really impressed with Danny’s performances in BSB so far, especially this year, so when it became clear he was available for 2024 I was keen to get him signed up,” added Team Owner, Tim Martin.
“You don’t become the first British rider to win a Grand Prix World Championship in 40 years by chance, so he clearly knows how to ride and that Grand Prix style should really suit the high corner speed, flowing style required to ride the Yamaha R1.
“We’re looking to make the ‘next step’ as a team in 2024, and signing Danny is one part of our plan, but the other was the hiring of Chris Anderson from McAMS Yamaha.
“Chris has played a huge role in McAMS’ success over the last seven years, so we are delighted to have secured his expertise as we look to become regular championship front runners in 2024.”