August 1, 2015
JOSH Corner has been forced to sit out the rest of the 2015 season but is bidding for a strong return in 2016.
The 18-year-old from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, says his priority now is to secure the sponsorship required to come back with a bang next year, continuing with the fantastic start he made with his 1000cc debut.
Corner stood in for the injured Cody Nally on the MWR Motorsports Kawasaki at the second round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship at Brands Hatch in April, scoring a stunning 10th place in his first ever 1000cc race and having only just ridden the bike once at a trackday the week before the event.
He had also planned to contest the following round at Oulton Park for the squad, but a crash during morning warm-up sidelined him from the race with a wrist injury.
Despite following a number of leads, the teenager has been unable to secure the funding needed for a competitive ride this year, and has instead decided to focus on raising the sponsorship cash for next year.
“It’s been a tough year for me not being out there, but I’m doing everything I can to be back on the grid as soon as I possibly can,” he said.
“We had looked at a few options including running myself again, but we are now looking at a full return in 2016 in the Superstock 1000 Championship.
“I took to the 1000cc machine very quickly and I really enjoyed the Brands Hatch race so I know it’s the right step for me now. I’m just going to work hard to secure some deals to ensure I’m back for next season.
“I am still speaking to people with a view to perhaps return later this season, but the package needs to be right for all parties and unless we can find something that really will benefit me in the long run, I will just write this season off and come back stronger in 2016.”