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Boom and the deal is done! Buchan returns with FS-3 Racing Kawasaki for 2019

Danny Buchan will remain with the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team for the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season, announcing an extended contract today (Tuesday).

Buchan and the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team have celebrated their strongest campaign to date, scoring podium finishes and narrowly missing out on a place in the Showdown by just four points. Now the 25-year-old is looking ahead to their winter testing programme ahead of the opening round of the 2019 season at Silverstone (April 19/20/21).

Buchan said: “I am really happy to be staying with FS-3 Racing Kawasaki for next year because we have worked so hard this year and I know that we have much more to still to come. The consistency is so important for 2019, especially with so many changes in other teams; I know what we can achieve and I think it can only get better.

“I really feel that we are front-runners; it is like I have said before, you either sink or swim and I am a swimmer! We all want to be even stronger next year and with the improvements we have working together with Kawasaki we will be ready to roll at round one.

“We just missed out on the Showdown this year, but that has to be the goal for 2019 and to be regularly fighting for the podium. We have shown we can do it, so we need to raise the bar again and I am excited to be doing it again with a team and crew that I know.”

Team Principal Nigel Snook commented: “Giving Danny an opportunity to capitalise on his second Superstock title and establish himself as a superbike rider was a calculated risk, but one we’re delighted paid off.

“He had a strong and consistent first half of the season, including the two podiums at Knockhill, and that brought Danny to within four points of a Showdown place.

“Danny and the team have established a close and positive relationship which should give us a head-start next season. On the technical side, we’ll have the benefit of the new engine from Kawasaki and we’re building on our close relationship with K-Tec which includes a planned three-day suspension development test in Spain in mid-November.

“Together, Danny and the team have the speed and equipment to be regular be front-runners, so making next year’s Showdown is our number one objective.”

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