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Team Profiles

Danny Buchan

  • Born: 28/04/1993
  • Home County: Essex
  • Nickname: Danny ‘Boom’ Buchan
  • Hobbies: Motocross, training
  • Number: 83
  • Bike: Kawasaki ZX10-RR Ninja
  • Team: FS-3 Racing
  • Class: Superbike

British Superbike rider Danny Buchan has been racing motorcycles since the age of 6. After becoming the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 champion in 2017, Danny will be returning to the Bennets British Superbike Championship alongside FS3 Racing Kawasaki for the 2018 season.

Danny 'Boom' Buchan began racing in 1999 on a (the bike). After many successful seasons in National motocross, winning many races and championships, the decision was made to switch onto the tarmac with the Aprilia Superteens class for 2007 & 2008.

Also during the 2008 season, Danny stepped up onto a Formula 400 machine which he continued on into the following season, becoming the champion that year. Alongside this, he was able to also compete in the MRO 600 class where he finished 2nd in his first season on the bike.

2010 would see Danny being promoted into the National Superstock 600 class and after a successful rookie season in the British Championship, he managed to finish 3rd. Danny would soon be picked up by the MSS Performance Kawasaki 1000 team and finished 3rd in his first season on the 1000cc machinery.

In 2012, Danny's career progressed into the premier class in the UK, the British Superbike Championship, where he competed throughout the year with some entries in the National Superstock 1000 Championship too. The following year, Danny would stay in the British Superbike Championship and then compete in the Supersport class to end the season.

A decision was made to step back into the highly competitive National Superstock 1000 Class, with aims on becoming British Champion, which he was able to do! After his superb winning streak in the 2014 season, an offer came up for him to compete back in the British Superbike Championship for the BeWiser team. He also managed to have a wildcard with the PBM team at the end of the season. Danny continued in the British Superbike class for 2016, this time switching from Kawasaki to the Moto Rapido Ducati team.

After spending two years in the premier class, last season, Danny made the decision to return to the Superstock 1000 Championship with aims to regain the British title. He had a hard fought season but after many wins, Danny become British Champion once again!

This year, Danny will return to the British Superbike Championship with the Kawasaki FS-3 team.

"Thank you to Nigel and Darren at FS-3 Racing for giving me an opportunity to be back in the Superbike class and thanks to Kawasaki UK and Team Green for adding another year to our already strong relationship, which was formed in 2010! I'm happy to be going back into the premier class on a bike I know so well and coming off a Championship win is always great. I've been in this position before so I know what I'm jumping into, but now I'm three years older and three years wiser, so that puts me in a better position. We are going to work hard throughout winter to be best prepared come round one.”

Jake Dixon

  • Born: 15/01/1996
  • Home Town: Dover
  • Number: 27
  • Bike: Kawasaki ZX10-RR Ninja
  • Team: RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki
  • Class: Superbike

Jake Dixon, the youngest MCE British Superbike showdown rider ever, will remain with the Lee Hardy Racing team for the 2018 season.

Dixon had a taste of Superbike action last year before injury ruled him out of contention, but he remained with the squad who returned with Kawasaki power in 2017 and he was instantly battling out with the other more established riders.

The young-gun secured his first win of his BSB career at Knockhill this year and then went on to follow it up by doing the double, before securing his place inside the top six at Silverstone.

“It is brilliant for me to sign again with the team for next year. I had a few offers for next season but as a team we have a great relationship and it has worked so well this year that I didn’t want to change that. I feel that whatever happens this year, we can go into the first round in 2018 ready to fight for wins from the start, and that is exciting because we will start in a really good position,” said Dixon.

“At the end of the day, our goal was to make the Showdown this year as it was my first full season in Superbike and we have done that. I have no pressure on me and I am going to do the best job I possibly can for the team in these last three rounds. The pressure at the moment is on Shakey, Leon and Josh and I am the youngest rider so I have less expectation on me right now. I am going to be giving it everything though so those boys shouldn’t expect it to be easy in the Showdown."

Team Owner Lee Hardy added: “I am delighted to retain Jake for the 2018 season and this has been my aim from around the midpoint of this year. We are now in a good position with sponsors ahead of the 2018 season and all of our partners are very pleased to have Jake on board again after an incredible year so far.

“2017 was always going to be a challenge as the team swapped to Kawasaki machinery which was a whole new project for us, but the change has proved to be the right move. We had a tough start to the season however this was quickly addressed. We bought Glen Richards into the team along with a new data technician and chassis technician which helped to transform our small team.

“We won our first MCE BSB race back in 2014 and the next win has been a long while coming. Knockhill was an amazing weekend and achieving the double race win was the turning point of our season. Podiums are now a reality at every track and achieving the Showdown this year is just something else.

“Continuity counts for a lot in this sport and confidence is very important, heading into the new season means we can really start next year as we aim to finish this year; pushing some of the bigger teams for those top positions and giving Jake the platform to showcase his talent.”

Source: Bike Sport News

JD27 CAREER HISTORY
2008 Supermoto – Southern Supermoto Championship
2009 Supermoto – not a full season
2010 Superteens – 3rd in Championship
2011 RRV450’s – Aprilia Challenge- 3rd Overall
2012 National Superstock 600 – 4th in Championship
2013 British Supersport – Injured
2014 British Supersport – 8th in Championship
2015 British Supersport – 3rd in Championship
2016 Racing with Lee Hardy Briggs Equipment Racing
2017 Racing with Lee Hardy RAF/Briggs Equipment Racing

Jordan Weaving

  • Date of Birth: 15/05/1997
  • Machine: Kawasaki ZX10-RR Ninja
  • Team: RAF Regulars & Reserves Kawasaki
  • Class: Superstock 1000

Jordan Weaving was born on May 15th, 1997 in Johannesburg, South Africa and learned to ride motorcycles from the tender age of four.

His parents, Colin and Vanessa, took him racing at the age of six, riding a Suzuki 80cc Gag. Some would say he was a child prodigy, racing and finishing third in the National Regions Honda CBR150 Championship aged just eight years old.

After moving 1500 miles from their home town just two years later, Weaving won the won the Western Cape Powersport Championship before moving to the UK.

Competing the British Superbike series GP125 Class in that year, he finished 9th in the championship and was riding for former British Multiple Championship Winner, GP250 rider Steve Patrickson’s team SP125.

Over the next two years, Weaving raced amongst the world's finest young racers in the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Championship, first on a 125cc before stepping up to a KTM 250CC Moto 3 machine as well as racing in Britain.

He returned to the British Championship full time and in 2014 he tasted the ultimate victory, by becoming the British National Champion.

This victory saw him step up again, to the 600cc class in British Superstock, one of the fiercest championships in the UK. After a season adjusting to the bigger bike, Weaving blitzed the opposition taking his second National title in three years.

His title win attracted the attention of all and in 2017 the reigning 600cc champion stepped up to his biggest challenge to date. Stepping onto the fast and iconic Kawasaki ZX10RR machine as he entered the British National Superstock 1000cc Championship.

What comes next??? Watch this space...

YearChampionship / SeriesMotorcycleChampionship Result
2017 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Kawasaki 1000 Stock 12th
2016 National Superstock 600 Championship Kawasaki 600 Stock 1st
2015 National Superstock 600 Championship Kawasaki 600 Stock 6th
2014 British Motostar Championship KTM 250 Moto3 1st
2013 British Motostar Championship KTM 250 Moto3 6th
2013 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup KTM 250 Moto3 13th
2012 British Motostar Championship Honda RS125 7th
2012 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup KTM 125 20th
2011 British Motostar Championship Honda RS125 9th
2010 Western Cape RSA Powersport Championship Honda RS125 1st
2009 Northern Regions GP125 Championship - RSA Honda RS125 5th
2008 Motorcycle Racing Club Championship - RSA Honda CBR150 1st
2008 Motorcycle Racing Club Championship - RSA Yamaha TZRR 50 2nd
2008 Northern Regions 150cc Cup - RSA Honda CBR150 3rd
2007 Northern Regions 50cc Championship - RSA Yamaha TZRR 50 6th
2006 Northern Regions 50cc Championship - RSA Yamaha TZRR 50 3rd
2005 Northern Regions 50cc Championship - RSA Yamaha TZRR 50 8th

Gary Johnson

  • Date of Birth: 20/07/1984
  • Home Town: Broughton, Lincolnshire
  • Bike Number: 7
  • Machine: Kawasaki ZX10-RR Ninja
  • Team: RAF Regulars & Reserves Kawasaki
  • Class: International Road Circuits

Since making his road racing debut in 2007, Gary Johnson has established himself as one of the leading road racers in the world and with some outstanding performances at all of the International road races, especially the historic Isle of Man TT, 2015 is set to be a superb year for the Lincolnshire rider.

Johnson first came to the attention of many in 2004 when, as a raw novice, he dominated club racing in the UK and finished a remarkable 2nd in that season’s highly competitive 600cc MRO National Championship. He immediately progressed to the British Supersport Championship in 2005, regularly finishing inside the top 15, and with no DNFs he deservedly won the British Supersport Cup.

A terrible back injury sustained in pre-season testing ruined his 2006 season but he bounced back in style in 2007, moving to the British Superstock series and also making his debut on the roads. He immediately impressed with a brilliant tenth place at the North West 200 and followed this up with some stunning rides at the TT. Indeed, he was nothing short of a revelation as he ended race week with three top 20 finishes, 12th in the Superstock race the highlight, and a lap of just under 123mph, the third fastest newcomer of all time. After his TT success, Gary then went to the Ulster Grand Prix where he again made the established guard sit up and take note with a fastest lap in excess of 126mph, the second quickest lap ever recorded by a debutante.

It came as no surprise when he was snapped up by the Uel Duncan Racing team for 2008 and Gary indicated the shape of things to come with three top six finishes on his Cookstown 100 road race debut. He headed to the North West 200 in confident mood and sixth in the two Superbike races were the undoubted highlights but with top eight finishes in his other three races, he defeated not only a number of ‘factory’ riders but also riders who had vastly more experience of the high speed circuit.

The 2008 Isle of Man TT Races saw him perform even better and, in only his second appearance on the 37 and ¾ mile Mountain Course, he was never out of the top six in the four races he finished. With a best finish of fourth, in the Superbike race, he increased his best lap to over 127mph, a remarkable feat for someone in just his second year of real road racing, whilst he was also lying in second place in the Superstock race before being forced to retire on the second lap.

The Uel Duncan Racing team wisely retained Gary’s services for 2009 and after another strong showing at the Cookstown 200, where he recorded his first podium, it was on to the North West 200 where he rode sensibly in the torrential rain to be rewarded with three more top ten finishes.

At the TT, Gary had the honour of being chosen by Arai Helmets to wear their 25th anniversary helmet and he ensured they had chosen the right man as a strong fifth in the Superbike race opened his account for the week and he followed this up with three more top ten finishes in the Supersport and Superstock races. However, he saved the best until last and, aided by a new personal best lap of over 129mph, he took a brilliant third in the ‘Blue Riband’ Senior race.

A return to the Ulster Grand Prix, only his second appearance at the Dundrod circuit, saw him take his second International podium with runner-up spot in the Superbike race and also become only the third rider to lap the high-speed course in excess of 133mph! He finished his year with a series of impressive rides in the British Superstock Championship as well as claiming fourth at the Macau Grand Prix and fifth in the Scarborough International Gold Cup race.

On the back of his Macau GP performance, AIM Racing secured Gary’s services for 2010 and although reliability problems with the machines held him back during the course of the season, he showed his versatility with a brilliant third place overall in the British Superbike Evo Championship after notching up a series of wins and podium finishes. His best result on the roads came at the Macau Grand Prix with a strong fifth place.

For 2011, Gary formed his own team for a concerted attack on both the International road races and British Supersport Championship. It was a wise decision for all concerned as Gary enjoyed a brilliant season of racing which included his career highlight to date – a stunning Isle of Man TT victory.

The win came in the second Supersport 600cc race and it was a masterful performance as he led from start to finish, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, and his credentials were further increased with third in the Superbike race and a lap of 130.450mph, thus becoming one of the select band of riders to break the 130mph barrier. A whole host of top six finishes again came at the three other International road races – Ulster Grand Prix, North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix – with another podium at the former whilst he also claimed no less than 12 top ten finishes in the fiercely competitive British Supersport Championship.

2012 saw Gary riding for the renowned Padgetts Honda team on the roads and for Samsung Honda in the National Superstock series. He looked set to claim his second TT win in June, only for a fuel problem to deny him on the fourth and final lap of the Supersport race, but he still took top six results both there and at the North West 200, whilst his best results on the roads came at the Ulster Grand Prix where he took the runner up spot in both the Superbike and Supersport races.

Meanwhile, a career best fourth was taken at the Macau Grand Prix with another strong season chalked up on the short circuits where, despite missing a number of rounds due to date clashes, he claimed 12th overall in the Superstock series, the second Honda rider in the title table.

Running his own team in the 1000cc capacity races, 2013 saw Gary again impress, particularly in the Superstock class where he took second at both the TT and Ulster GP, pushing man of the week Michael Dunlop at the former harder than anyone else and leading right up until the last lap when an oil leak slowed his progress. He also led the Superbike and Senior races in the early stages with more 130mph+ laps before fuel and mechanical problems thwarted his challenge respectively. In addition, Gary had the huge honour of being chosen to spearhead the return of the legendary Italian manufacturer MV Agusta in the Supersport category, claiming another top eight finish.

He wrapped his season up at the Macau Grand Prix and after coming close before, he finally added a podium around the challenging, Armco-lined course to his CV after taking an excellent third.

2014 was a bitter sweet year for Gary with the high of his second Supersport TT win, then 24 hours later the low of crashing out on lap one of Superstock TT race. Gary spent most of the later stages of the summer recovering from broken collar-bone sustained in the Ramsey Hairpin crash returning to competitive action in September with Team Edge at Oulton Park. Gary and co-rider Nick Edgeley clinched National 600 Endurance Championship with victories at the final two round at Oulton Park and Croft.

Gary battled magnificently to claim 4th place at Macau where for long periods he was vying for a podium place after staring 7th on the grid.

For 2018 Gary Johnson has joined British Superbike team RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki for this year’s Isle of Man TT. The double TT winner will ride Kawasaki ZX-10RR machinery in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races and a Triumph in the Supersport events.

Johnson rode for Lee Hardy’s Team, who will again run Jake Dixon in the British Superbike Championship, at last year’s Macau Grand Prix and, despite limited track time on the ZX-10RR, he impressed with a solid sixth place.

The 37-year-old set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course in 2016 at 130.945mph on a Kawasaki, placing him 12th on the list of all-time fastest riders.

Johnson said: “I was really impressed by the bike in Macau and I know with a bit more time on it we could have been pushing for the win there. Double wall, brown cardboard boxes, 200x140x140mm £0.42 £0. Promoted by rajapack.co.uk. The team have been doing a great job in British Superbike with Jake (Dixon) and hopefully we can transfer that success to the TT. “I’m really looking forward to this year’s event now and hopefully I can add a few more wins to my tally.”

Team Principal Lee Hardy added: “Gary rode for my team at the Macau Grand Prix and I was very impressed with his work ethic and he did a great job for us despite having limited track time. Gary showed me that he has the desire to win and he is hungry to get back to the top step at the TT. I saw enough to make a decision to come back to the TT with a rider who is a proven race winner. I have missed competing at the TT the past few years and we’re delighted to be returning. The Royal Air Force are delighted to be the title sponsor for the team at this year’s TT and it’s great to continue promoting our partner sponsors Briggs Equipment and Mother Hubbard’s of Swaffham. Myself and the team’s sponsors are excited about the challenges ahead, we believe that we have the right environment to get Gary right back to the very top end of the results sheets and can’t wait to get started.”

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Luke Verwey

  • Born: 15/01/1999
  • Home Town: Silverstone
  • Hobbies: Riding, training
  • Number: 76
  • Bike: Kawasaki Ninja 400
  • Team: Team XG Racing
  • Class: Junior Supersport

Luke started racing in 2016 and finished 11th overall in the Aprilia Superteen Championship having had no previous riding or racing experience.

Last year he raced at the British Superbikes in the KTM Junior Cup and in the Superteen series for additional practice. An early season crash caused him to miss his first round of the KTM Cup, but nevertheless, the teenager was able to come back strong achieving several top ten results (best of 7th) on his way to 15th overall in the final KTM Cup classification.

He finished a strong 9th overall in the Superteen championship despite missing 12 races due to BSB race date clashes and rode a 600cc machine for the second half of the season at Thundersport GB in the Pre-National Championship. Notching up a brace of strong results, he impressed everyone with a 3rd place finish at his very first round!

2018 sees Luke riding for XG Racing aboard a Kawasaki 400cc machine in the all new British Supersport 300cc Championship alongside the popular BSB series. He will be mentored by World & British Superbike runner up Leon Haslam.

CAREER STATS

2017

> 15th overall in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM 390 Cup at British Superbikes
> 9th overall in the Thundersport GB Superteen Championship
> Thundersport GB Pre-National 600cc Championship

2016

> 11th Overall in the Thundersport GB Aprilia Superteen Championship

Kade Verwey

  • Born: 07/07/2000
  • Home Town: Silverstone
  • Hobbies: Riding, training
  • Number: 7
  • Bike: Kawasaki Ninja 400
  • Team: Team XG Racing
  • Class: Junior Supersport

Kade Verwey started racing in 2015 having had no previous riding or racing experience. He finished 9th overall in the Aprilia Superteen championship at his first attempt.

Competing in the series again in 2016, he finished 3rd overall and could have taken the title but for an unfortunate crash mid-season that resulted in a broken ankle.

Kade also contested several rounds of the European Junior Cup, which ran alongside the prestigious FIM Superbike World Championship achieving top 20 results.

2017 saw Kade race within the British Superbike paddock in the KTM Junior Cup. Running a strong 4th overall he unfortunately crashed and broke his elbow whilst training. He achieved 3 podium finishes Despite the injury he still finished 6th overall after missing 7 races.

Additionally, Kade rode a 600cc machine at 3 rounds of the National Sportman Elite Championship and finished 4th overall in the Superteen championship which he raced in for extra on track practice, missing several rounds that clashed with his British Championship commitments.

2018 will see Kade contest the British Junior Supersport championship for XG Racing aboard an all new Kawasaki 400cc machine. The series will once again run as part of the popular BSB series. He will be mentored by former World Superbike runner up Leon Haslam.

CAREER STATS

2017

– 6th overall in Santander Consumer Finance KTM 390 Cup at British Superbikes (BSB)
– 4th Overall in the Thundersport GB Superteen Championship
– Thundersport GB National Sportsman Elite 600’s Championship

2016

– 3rd overall in Thundersport GB Aprilia Superteen Championship
– European Junior Cup (WorldSBK) – best result 20th

2015

– 9th overall in the Thundersport GB Aprilia Superteen Championship

Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan is Team Principle at MSS Colchester Kawasaki. MSS has evolved over many years and utilising nearly 150,000 man-hours it has absorbed knowledge like a sponge-built library to become what is arguably Kawasaki’s most successful team with a history in National Superstock, British Supersport and British Superbikes, The IOM TT, Northwest 200 and the Macau GP.

The Team’s story begins 15 years ago when Nick Morgan decided to turn two new Kawasaki ZXR-750Rs into Superbikes. He had already been involved with Kawasaki for many years - initially serving as an apprentice in a Kawasaki dealership, then through his first steps in racing a Kawasaki GPZ1100B1 which he bought from his brother in 1982.

Over the years, Nick and his entourage continued to race the latest Kawasaki 750s and had a considerable amount of success not only at short circuit but at the IOM TT, NW200 and many Irish Roads Events . During this time, Nick had also started his own company under which name the team now ran - MSS Performance.

Up to now MSS Performance had been forging ahead largely under its own steam. They had switched their efforts to racing Kawasaki’s ZX-6R range of machines and, in 1999, the team finally gained official backing from Kawasaki and adopted the MSS Kawasaki name.

From that point on, the team has grown significantly to the beast it is today!

John "Jeb" Cobbold

Jeb is our Engine Builder here at Colchester Kawasaki for MSS Performance. He has owned and ridden bikes since he was just 3 years old! His life has always been around bikes, both riding and fixing them from a young age with not a year in memory without them! His current list of bikes includes a Kawasaki ZX-6R, Kawasaki KXF250, Jawa 500, Jawa Antig 500, Jap 350, Raleigh Wisp, BSA Bantam and Bantam D7.

Jeb's first job for work experience whilst still at school was with our very own Nick Morgan here at MSS. He took Jeb under his wing and since then Jeb has learnt from some of the best mechanics all over the world. Jeb started on smaller bikes as a child and then moved up to road bikes in our MSS workshop servicing and tuning to a very high standard. Now he spends most of his time building and tuning engines, but also gets to enjoy and build some lovely Superbikes on the way.

Bike

Hobbies

Most of Jeb's hobbies revolve around bikes, whether it be riding or building them in his personal workshop. Other hobbies include mountain biking, mountain climbing and going to museums, auto jumbles and classic motorcycle shows.

Tattoo

Pet Peeves

Jeb hates the colour red. He also claims that he's always hated tattoos but is now covered in them!

Tom Brown

Tom is the Chief Technician here at Colchester Kawasaki for MSS Performance. Tom started out working as a car mechanic and began attending BSB races as a volunteer. When he was made redundant he then decided to further a career in something he was really interested in.

He first got into motorcycle racing back in 2008 with Ed Rendell, then got the bug to move on into a bigger and better team. Since then he has never looked back and has worked with some very talented people over the years. 

Fruit

Pet Hate

Tom cannot understand the point of fruit in a dessert.

Bike

Hobbies

Aside from motorcycles, one of Tom's favourite hobbies is practicing his shooting aim.

Naomi Morgan

Naomi takes care of the admin for MSS Performance here at Colchester Kawasaki. Naomi has grown up around bikes, with her dad starting off racing motorbikes and then going on to start and run MSS Performance - in fact, her dad was on the grid at Brands when he got the call that her mum had gone into labour! Naomi started working with MSS 2 1/2 years ago, having previously worked as a spa therapist. Naomi also loves being involved in the racing, and currently works for Pirelli BSB on the grid/podiums on race weekends. 

Wasp

Spheksophobia

Naomi is terrified of wasps, to the point of hysteria!

Gym

Hobbies

Naomi loves fitness, and tries to get to the gym as often as she can. In her spare time she loves going out with friends, and travelling the world.

Danny Buchan

Jake Dixon

Jordan Weaving

Gary Johnson

Luke Verwey

Kade Verwey

Nick Morgan

John

Tom Brown

Naomi Morgan