Relph and O’Brien to pilot new Kawasaki Ninja 400 this season.
Kawasaki BCperformance has introduced its junior squad for the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), revealing Tayla Relph and Callum O’Brien will contest the Supersport 300 category aboard the new Ninja 400.
Relph, 21, has solidified herself as a regular front-runner in the highly-competitive division, winding up eighth in the 2018 championship standings.
“I am ecstatic to be given this opportunity to race with Kawasaki BCperformance racing team for the 2019 championship onboard the Kawasaki Ninja 400,” Relph explained.
“Throughout the 2018 season I was consistently within the top five – ending the championship with a second place finish at Phillip Island and now working with Kawasaki BCperformance, I am very confident we can achieve our goal of fighting for the championship.
Western Australian O’Brien is relishing the opportunity with the New South Wales-based outfit, expressing his excitement to commence his maiden campaign aboard the Kawasaki contender.
“I am really thankful and super excited to be given the opportunity to join a team with the pedigree of Kawasaki BCperformance Racing, especially in the ASBK debut year for the new Kawasaki Ninja 400,” O’Brien commented.
“The team are going to be a formidable presence in the Supersport 300 category in 2019. Huge thank you to Kawasaki Motors Australia and BCperformance. I can’t wait for round one at Phillip Island.”
Kawasaki BCperformance team owner Kelvin Reilly commented: “We are pleased to see the continuation of our junior program for 2019. The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has shown great promise around the world with many titles already under its belt and we are 100 percented committed to bringing the Australian Supersport 300 title home for Kawasaki in 2019.
“The bike is new to us and we have two superb riders in Tayla Relph and Callum O’Brien. They will make a real dynamic pairing pushing each other for race wins. A big thanks must go out to Kawasaki Motors Australia and all our sponsors for their help in keeping our junior program going.”
Phillip Island will hold an official ASBK test this weekend before hosting the opening round on 21-24 February, which will run conjunction with the FIM Motul Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) opener.