JORDAN Watling says he’s planning to go ‘all-out’ this season in a bid to claim the Thundersport Golden Era Superbike championship.
And after a string of 13 podium finishes throughout the 2017 season, the 26-year-old Yorkshireman, who’s also been through the club’s Aprilia 125 and CB500 ranks, looks to be one of the favourites for the 2018 title.
Watling and wife Cassie are expecting their first child – a baby girl – in the middle of the season, but he sees no reason why fatherhood would keep him from the top prize.
But the former National Superstock Championship regular will face stiff opposition from last year’s champ Ritchie Thornton, who remains to defend his crown, and former champ Mark Biswell, who missed the final three rounds of 2017 and still managed to hang on to fourth overall.
Watling will once again campaign the JWR/Badger Racing Kawasaki ZX7R, which his team says has developed immensely over the past year into a package with which they believe he can win the title.
“We chose to come back to Thundersport for cost reasons mainly,” he told UK Clubsport. “It’s hard to run in the BSB paddock in a family-only team and to get with a competitive team costs a silly amount.
“And I much prefer the atmosphere at Thundersport… it’s better organised in my opinion.
“The aim this season is to go all out to win the Golden Era Superbike championship. We’ve got the bikes that are capable and I believe I can do it now that the package is more than good enough.”
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