Reigning British Supersport Champion Luke Stapleford will get another taste of MCE British Superbike action at Thruxton this weekend when he lines up on a third Smith’s BMW S1000RR.
Stapleford had his first experience of Superbikes at the end of last season, when he joined JG Speedfit Kawasaki alongside his Supersport campaign, scoring a best result of 12th place at Silverstone. The Leicestershire rider will join Howie Mainwaring and Jakub Smrz for the team’s three-strong Thruxton attack.
“I am really excited about the opportunity to get back out on a Superbike again, especially with the Smiths Racing BMW team as we have always got on well together. I don’t really know what to expect as the BMW is a bit different to what I am used to,” he said.
“I really enjoyed my Superbike experience before but when I rode one last year I was racing in both Superbike and Supersport, so having one focus should make it a little bit easier compared to jumping from one to the other.
“Last year I really enjoyed Thruxton on the Supersport bike and I can’t wait to see what the Superbike feels like there; I can imagine it will be a little bit more of a handful but I am under no pressure and I just want to see how I can stack up against Howie and Jakub.
“I know that BSB has been incredibly close this season, and Thruxton is naturally a place where everyone is even closer, so I just want to make the most of the opportunity, enjoy the weekend and do the best job I can for the team.”