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CPD Kawasaki team will not be racing in this year's British Superbike Championship

Rutland racing team CPD Kawasaki have pulled out of this year’s British Superbike Championship.

Lyddington-based owner Chris Cunnington has decided to realign finances after two solid seasons of racing.

He still plans to rejoin the Superbikes arena for future campaigns and wished rider Luke Hedger well after he agreed to join the Jones Dorling team for this season.

Chris Cunnington with his CPD Kawasaki team. Photo: Camipix
Chris Cunnington with his CPD Kawasaki team. Photo: Camipix

Hedger has been with the Rutland team since joining the British Superbike support class grid, earning them top 10 positions in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship two years running.

Cunnington said: “I was sad to see Luke go but I wish him the very best of luck with his new team.

“We will remain good friends and he also works for me at Cunnington Property Developments from time to time.

“Pausing racing for this season has not been an easy decision to make, however, I think a year out would be good while the remainder of the pandemic is still lingering.

“I really enjoy the atmosphere at the British Superbikes, not only is it really well organised but the entire paddock is like one big family.

“Although your neighbour may be your competitor they are still willing to help in any way they can, something you don’t see every day.”

Manager and team owner Cunnington also helped the CPD Kawasaki team to take the top spot at the No Limits Series in the National Endurance Championship national class.

The team may look to do one round at the No Limits Endurance this year but are setting their sights on a new goal for 2022 with some road racing which Cunnington is keen to add to his belt.

They do still have every intention of rejoining the Bennetts British Superbike arena in 2023.

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