September 25, 2015
JOSH Corner is to return to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship for the last two rounds of the season aboard the Pawson Commercial-backed MWR Motorsports Ducati Panigale R.
The 18-year-old from South Shields will deputise for the sidelined James Egan, in what will be the second time he has stood in for one of the MWR riders this year. He will take over from next weekend’s Silverstone round and then end the season at Brands Hatch later in October.
The teenager made a sensational debut in the hard-fought class when he scored a top 10 finish at Brands Hatch back in April on the squad’s Kawasaki. This time he will pilot Ducati machinery and is looking to better his previous result.
“I’m extremely happy and excited to be riding the Pawson Commercial-backed Panigale R,” he said. “After what’s seemed like a long time since last being out and waiting for the right package to come along, I can’t wait to get back in the saddle for the last two rounds at tracks I know both the Ducati and myself will go well at.
“This is a great opportunity for me to ride such a fantastic machine as the Ducati Panigale R within a massively experienced team with everything in place to do the job right. Silverstone will be a big challenge first time riding the bike, however I am looking forward to it and feeling very positive.
“I just want to say a big thank you to Mark Webster, Pawson Commercials, Moto Rapido and Ducati UK for making this possible.”
MWR Motorsports Team Principal Mark Webster added: “It’s been a shame that a rider of Josh’s calibre has been sat out for most of the year, waiting for the right opportunity to come along, so I’m delighted to be able to give Josh the chance to ride our Ducati Panigale R in the last two rounds of the championship.
“He’s already proved he can run up at the sharp end in this class with little track time, so I am confident he will be up to speed very quickly on the Ducati and although there is no pressure on him I am sure he will be looking to finish the season on a high with a couple of strong results for the team.”
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