Change in the air at Morello as riders jostle for position

Victor Cox tests the Morello Racing Kawasaki Superbike in Spain. Picture: Jon Jessop Photography

Victor Cox tests the Morello Racing Kawasaki Superbike in Spain. Picture: Jon Jessop Photography - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's teams and riders are primed for the start of the motorsport season as the British Superbikes start their engines ahead of the first race at Donington Park over Easter.

The biggest change ahead of the 2015 campaign comes Steve Buckenham's Norwich-based Morello Racing Team as they field Victor Cox and Daniel Johnson on their 1000cc Kawasaki Superbikes.

In recent testing in Spain it was Johnson who came out on top but you can be sure Cox will be out to make his mark on the team when the gloves come off.

The team are having a three-pronged attack on the Superstock 1000 class this year with John Ingram back in this class and joined by Josh Elliot and a newcomer to British Superbikes, German Markus Guethner.

The Royal Air Forces Reserves team from RAF Marham have retained the services of Peter Hickman who gave them a great win at Cadwell Park last year. The big news here is that team principal Lee Hardy has swapped from Honda to the BMW S1000RR Superbike in a bid to see Hickman make regular appearances on the podium. Last year Hickman was a late entry in the Superbike class but he still managed some very impressive results on the 1000cc Honda, despite it not being as competitive as the opposition.

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King's Lynn rider Freddy Pett, who won the final staging of the Triumph Triple Challenge last year, has moved up to the Supersport Evo class and will again be riding a 675cc Triumph Triple, supported by Dales Sports Surfaces, Baker Body Craft and M40 Triumph. Technical support will be from T3 Racing.

Gorleston teenager Charlie King has swapped his Triumph from last year and has joined ACR Kawasaki to contest the Superstock 600 class. King, 18, had a bit of a torrid season by his own standards last year including a crash in which he sustained a broken shoulder.

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He has adapted to the four cylinder machine nicely and hopes to be able to show the level of riding seen in 2013 in the Triumph Triple Challenge series when he so very nearly won the cup class in his first year of national racing.

Norwich rider, Jack Keen, 23, will once again be riding his 675cc Triumph in the Superstock 600 class, although he is still looking for sponsors to help with this year's racing.

Keen is a very hard riding competitor and if everything comes together for him then he will be a force to be reckoned with in this class.

Meanwhile, Stratton Strawless Sidecar team of Ben Bygrave and Justin Sharpe have retained support from Blue Machinery and will be contesting all of the British F1 Sidecar Championship, the nine round series starts at the first BSB round at Easter.

Last year they put in some really strong rides but were forced to miss some of the later rounds due to rather expensive crash damage they incurred.

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