Jordan joins Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve Kawasaki for 2020 International road racing season.
The RAF Regular & Reserve team have today (Monday) announced the signing of Northern Irishman Paul Jordan for the 2020 International road racing season.
The 28-year old will campaign Kawasaki ZX-10RR machinery in the Superbike and Superstock classes at the Isle of Man TT Races and International North West 200 whilst he will also contest the Macau Grand Prix for the third time.
In addition, the Magherafelt rider will also compete for the RAF team in the Supersport races at both the TT and NW200 riding a Yamaha YZF-R6. The former 125cc British Championship race winner will also contest selected rounds of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship ahead of the road race season.
Since moving away from the short circuits to the roads, Jordan has continued to make significant strides forward to establish himself as one of the sport’s most promising young riders. Indeed, 2019 saw him have his best year to date at the International road races.
Jordan took a brilliant win in the Lightweight race last year at the Ulster Grand Prix for his maiden International road race victory whilst he also claimed fourth place in the corresponding race at the Isle of Man TT. His quickest lap of the race, 121.248mph, is the fourth quickest ever in the class.
Making his third appearance at the TT, he also made a strong impression in the other classes with 11th and 12th place finishes taken in the two Supersport races, 14th in the Superbike race and 18th in the Superstock encounter. Riding a similar Kawasaki ZX-10RR to what he’ll campaign this year, Jordan increased his personal best lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course to 125.534mph.
Jordan also enjoyed a strong outing at the North West 200, running inside the top five in both Supersport races before mechanical gremlins struck whilst a second visit to the Macau Grand Prix yielded another top twenty finish.
Meanwhile, the former Ulster and Irish 125cc Road Race Champion put in some fine performances in his selected outings in the Irish National Road Race Championships, winning the Supersport race at Kells and finishing second and third at Armoy and the Cookstown 100 respectively. Kells also saw him take second and fourth in the two Open races.
Speaking about the deal, Jordan said: “I’m over the moon to have signed for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team and although last season had a few ups and downs, there were also plenty of positives and that’s what I’m aiming to build upon. Having parted ways with my pervious team at the end of last year, I was a bit apprehensive about the season ahead but when Lee put the offer on the table, it was an easy decision to make. I like what the team has done in BSB with Jake Dixon and Ryan Vickers and the ethos of the team in nurturing young riders appealed to me greatly.”
“They both progressed greatly after joining the team which is obviously what I’m hoping will apply to me as well and although I need to believe in myself a little bit more, with the team’s support and the bikes they’ll be supplying me, I’m confident that will be the case – the standard of the team is second to none. Last year’s NW200 and TT went well in their own right but I was also a bit frustrated as I didn’t feel like I did myself justice, particularly at the TT, so I know there’s plenty more to come and with the Kawasaki and Yamaha at my disposal, I’ll be aiming high in 2020.”
Team owner Lee Hardy added: “I am really excited to have signed Paul Jordan for the roads this year, up till now we have had proven riders on the roads side of the team and I feel it’s time to change the ethos to what we do well as a team elsewhere and that is to help develop a younger rider. Paul has been on the International road scene now for a few years so he is at that point where he knows where he is going but there will still be areas where he can improve massively within himself. I never put any pressure on a rider and I will deliver Paul a competitive bike within all classes.”
“As a team this will be our sixth year on the roads and during that time we have had victories and podiums along the way. I am looking forward to passing on as much knowledge as possible which will help Paul both on and off the road. Our team goal this year will be to deliver the best bike and package possible and as long as he is happy within the team and comfortable with his bike he will deliver.”
“If this season goes well for both of us I would like to make it an extra two year deal for Paul and offer him some continuity and security for his future on the roads. We have built Paul a new Kawasaki ZX10 RR Superstock bike for the roads which he will also be using within the Superbike races as well, this is something he requested and I was happy to oblige his request. Paul will ride the same bike within those two classes which will help him massively when it comes to the TT, continuity is a big thing and this will help him to find his confidence which will, in turn, allow him to improve his lap times. This is where it is about keeping your rider happy and as a team that is what we aim to achieve.”
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