East Yorkshire rider James Cowton joins Kawasaki team

James Cowton is welcomed to the Kawasaki team
James Cowton is welcomed to the Kawasaki team

KILHAM-based rider James Cowton has joined the KMR Kawasaki team for the 2013 season.

KILHAM-based rider James Cowton has joined the KMR Kawasaki team for the 2013 season.

He has signed up on the back of an impressive 2012 that saw him claim a dominant victory in the Lightweight Newcomers Manx Grand Prix and a stunning fourth in the main Junior race where he posted a hugely impressive lap of 115mph.

Classed as one of the brightest young talents on the road racing scene, Cowton a 650cc ER6 Kawasaki Supertwin for the team and will make his international debut at the North West 200.

Team principal Ryan Farquhar said: “I’m delighted to welcome young James to the team and he’ll ensure we’ll have further presence at both the International and National road races during the course of 2013.

“His signing further highlights our team ethic of bringing on young riders and at just 21 years of age, he fits the bill perfectly.

“He’s already shown tremendous potential and the Supertwin will be the ideal machine for him to make his debut at the North West 200 and is sure to take him to strong results at all other meetings.

I’m confident he’ll be a tremendous acquisition to the team and, alongside Jamie Hamilton and Connor Behan, we have three good, young riders who have everything in place to enjoy a successful 2013.”

Cowton said; “To be joining the new KMR Kawasaki team is like a dream come true for me and a huge honour. I’ve really taken to the roads so far and that’s where I see my future so to have someone like Ryan guiding me is brilliant.

“His achievements over the years are staggering and I couldn’t wish for a better person to help and advise me whilst his bikes are always superb.

“Last year was a really good season for me and, with Ryan’s knowledge and expertise, I’m aiming to continue with my progression and make the most of this wonderful opportunity. When it comes to the Supertwin class he’s the master and I can’t wait to get out on the ER6.”

Cowton’s first outing for the team will be at the Ian Watson Spring Trophy meeting at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough on Sunday April 21.