Virgin Media Optoma Loans Yamaha is pleased to announce the signing of Hudson Kennaugh for the remainder of the 2007 Bennetts British Superbike season. The 26 year-old South African initially deputised for James Haydon at the last two rounds of the championship at Oulton Park and Snetterton. Hudson will now compete full-time alongside Tommy Hill for the next eight rounds.
With four championship points to his name from his initial rides, Hudson has shown great promise and narrowly missed a top ten finish by three tenths of a second at the high speed Snetterton circuit.
Hudson is currently lying second in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship, with the Raceways Yamaha team. The chance to move to Superbikes full-time has seen Hudson relinquish his Superstock ride in order to focus 100% on his Virgin Media Optoma Loans Yamaha opportunity.
Rob McElnea, Team Principal: "We definitely have not seen the best of Hudson yet. He has been riding in the Superstock class alongside our ride and that means that he can't give either class his best. Steve Rogers from Raceways understands the opportunity that Hudson has with us and has released him to ride with us for the remainder of the season. Now he can focus 100% and I'm sure that we will see his true talent."
Hudson Kennaugh: "What an opportunity Rob has given me, I'm obviously really pleased. I'd like to thank all the guys at Raceways Yamaha for the support that they have given me in Superstock and bringing me to the UK. It's time to concentrate fully on the Superbike and to start making some serious progress and proving my abilities to everyone."
Round 6 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place across the water at Mondello Park, Nr Dublin in Ireland on 15 - 17 June 2007.