Bournemouth Kawasaki, who are racing in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in 2019 as Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki, had their first Isle of Man TT race in 2009 and their first British Superbike ride back in 2010, both with James Hillier. Since then, under the guidance of Team Owner and Principal Pete Extance, the team have gone from strength to strength.
Following their first ride in the closing rounds of the 2010 season, James Hillier and Bournemouth Kawasaki competed in the full 2011 season, and the 2012 season saw them add a second rider to the team.
2015 saw the team have their best season to date both in British Superbikes and at the Isle of Man TT races. Young rookie, Luke Mossey had a tremendous debut Superbike season. He achieved two podiums and secured the Riders’ Cup for his 7th place overall finish in the Championship. Over in the IOM TT, James Hillier also had 3 podiums.
In 2016, Luke Mossey was joined by Swedish Superbike rider, Filip Backlund and the team expanded into Supersport with Northern Irish rider Andy Reid. The team was also joined by the British Sidecar Champions from 2015, Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood.
While Backlund and Reid had injury-hit seasons, Mossey continued his impressive form from 2015 and broke through into the Champions Showdown in just his second season in BSB, and finished sixth overall. Stevens and Charlwood also continued their run of form in 2016. They made the podium in every round and went on to clinch their second Championship title.
2017 saw a change in teammates for Luke Mossey with Backlund and Reid leaving, and Leon Haslam joining the team, riding under the JG Speedfit Kawasaki name. Leon had narrowly missed out on the Championship to Shane Byrne in 2016, and he was determined to win this time.
It proved a rollercoaster season for all the team with Luke taking his maiden win in Race 1 at Brands Indy and making it a double with victory in Race 2. However, a crash at Thruxton saw Mossey have an injury-hit end to the season and narrowly miss out on a Showdown place. Injuries and technical difficulties also hit Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood, which saw them end the season in third. Leon’s impressive season saw him narrowly out in front going into the final race, but a crash ended Haslam’s dreams of a title win, handing the victory to Shane Byrne and leaving Leon in third place.
Heading into 2018, Luke’s formed had not returned following the fall in the previous season and struggled throughout the season, finishing in 15th. Ricky and Ryan switched to a 600cc engine in the sidecars ahead of the full move in 2019. They finished fourth in the overall championship but second in the 600cc Sidecar Cup Championship.
Leon’s season in 2018 sky-rocketed. With 21 podiums across the season, fifteen of those being wins, Leon scored points in every single race of the season and podiumed in every round. Leon won his and Bournemouth Kawasaki’s first title after Jake Dixon was forced to retire in the second race of the final weekend. For the final race, Leon’s bike was given a golden makeover, fitting for the newly crowned Champion.
The new 2019 season sees a changing of the guard for the team. Bournemouth Kawasaki will be racing under the new name of Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki and will be joined by two new riders after Leon’s departure to World Superbikes and Luke switching to a new team. Glenn Irwin, who finished third in the 2018 BSB season, will be riding alongside Ben Currie, who is making his BSB debut after finishing second in Supersport in 2018.
They will be joined by Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood in the British Sidecar Championship, who themselves will be joined by new teammates Ben Holland and Lee Watson. Glenn Irwin will be also be riding alongside James Hillier in the North West 200 road race in Northern Ireland, while James will be making his 11th consecutive appearance with Bournemouth Kawasaki at the Isle of Man TT.