February 8, 2016
JOSH Corner will line up on the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship grid this year after inking a deal with the NEI Motorsport team.
The 19-year-old from South Shields will partner Essex team-mate Jesse Trayler to launch a two-pronged attack on the series aboard a pair of brand new 2016 Kawasaki ZX10R machines.
It comes as a full-time return for Corner, who lost most of last season after a sponsor let him down at the 11th hour and he was forced to abandon his plans and had to make do with picking up a couple of stand-in rides along the way.
He made his 1000cc debut at Brands Hatch last season as a fill-in rider, and caught the eye of several team bosses when he finished in and impressive 10th place.
Now he has secured a full season with leading squad NEI Motorsport, and admits he can’t wait to get started on pre-season testing.
“I’m so happy about this, to sign with a team like the Northern Escalators crew is the best thing that could’ve happened,” he said. “It’s great to be teaming up with a rider like Jesse who already has had some success in the championship and I think we’ll be able to push each other along to really get the best out of the bikes.
“The team are giving 100 per cent behind the scenes at the moment and because the bikes are coming from MSS Performance we know they’re going to be good. It’s really exciting time and it’s good that I can finally talk about it!”
Corner, Trayler and the rest of the team are now preparing to head to Cartagena next month as they get their pre-season testing underway, and look set for a busy year with bike time the main priority.
“We’ve got tests planned in March in Spain and then there’s the official BSB test but even when the season starts we plan to do as much as we can, contesting a number of Thundersport GB rounds and tests. We all agree that bike time is important and for me it’s great to finally have a team who are as committed as I am.
“I want to say a massive thank you to Kevin, Harry and all the guys at Northern Escalators for this opportunity, and I’m counting down the days now until I can finally get back out there.”
The 2016 season will begin over the weekend April 8-10 at Silverstone, Northants.