Team WD-40 team boss Brent Gladwin would like to remain a two-rider team in the MCE British Superbike Championship, after his rider Sam Hornsey announced his retirement from all forms of motorsport racing this week.
Gladwin told Bikesportnews.com that he received a call from Hornsey saying it was for personal reasons that he has decided to leave the team and the sport, and now Gladwin is looking towards the future and hasn’t ruled out getting another rider to jump onboard the vacant ZX-10R.
The WD-40 outfit now have Irishman Jack Kennedy as the only rider in the BSB class, and Gladwin now has the staff available to continue as a two-rider garage.
“From Team WD-40’s point of view we got a phone call from Sam saying for personal reasons he is retiring from all forms of motorsport, and motorcycle racing in particular,” said Team WD-40 Kawasaki Managing Director, Brent Gladwin, speaking to Bikesportnews.com.
“It has left the team in a bit of a position because we have got all the staff and everything so we will have a look at what we are doing for future races. [When asked if they are hoping to get someone else on the bike] Yes, well we don’t want to put it [the bike] in our front room.”
Hornsey was absent from the MCE British Superbike round at Oulton Park this weekend. The Bucknell rider was with the WD-40 Kawasaki team for the 2016 season, and has also officially ruled himself out of going to World Supersport with Profile Racing.
Today Hornsey posted on his Facebook site: “Sorry for the lack off information on here lately and as the team haven’t announced anything and everyone is now already at Oulton Park this weekend, I guess I should let you all know why I am not there.
“I officially retired from all forms of racing earlier in the week. I will not be continuing in BSB with WD-40 onboard the SBK and for people who keep asking I won’t be going to World Supersport with Profile Racing either.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for there long and ongoing support throughout my 6 years in BSB. And I wish every racer a very safe a successful career. Thanks again all.”