PR Racing have announced their four-man rider line-up as they prepare for the 2021 season.
The Liverpool-based Superbikes team celebrates its 20th anniversary in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship by naming two BSB riders for the second time in the team’s history.
Building on last year’s results, Joe Francis will be riding in PR blue once again.
The Chester rider ended the 2020 campaign with real intent and progression, breaking into the top ten on several occasions.
Next year, Francis has set his sights on “consistently finishing in the top ten”.
On re-signing for PR Racing, the #40 rider said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity to build on the consistent development given from myself and the team over the last two years.
“Towards the end of the 2020 season, we really stepped up as we started to close the gap and run with the leading pack.
“I can’t wait to swing my leg over the new bike and start testing.”
Although, Francis will have a friend among foes this season as PR Racing welcomes 2019 and 2020 British Supersport runner up Brad Jones.
Jones will be riding alongside Francis on the new BMW M1000RR in the British Superbike Championship.
On this news, Jones added: “I’m very excited to get going, I know I have a lot of learning to do but that’s all part of the process.
“The excitement is really high to get into 2021 and get my first taste of the superbike.”
Jones admitted it was the “ethos” of the team that encouraged him to come on board.
And despite only just joining, the new #20 rider has big plans for his time at PR Racing.
He added: “At this stage of my career, stepping up into superbikes and benefitting from all of their [PRRacing] experience, is a great opportunity for me.”
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Following their debut seasons in their respective classes, Dan Jones and Sullivan Mounsey will also be returning to PR Racing in 2021.
Jones enters the new season with ever growing confidence and belief after securing several podium finishes last season.
The GP2 rider said: “PR Racing are a family run team with great work ethics.
“They want to bring through young talent which, you could argue, is what I am. I felt it was the right move [riding for PR Racing] for me.
“Coming into this year I have a brilliant crew to help me move forward in my racing career.”
The 2021 line up is completed with another familiar young talent in ‘Manic Mounsey’.
After his maiden season, the 13-year-old will continue to develop in the Honda British Talent cup.
The #4 rider admitted it was “nice to not have a lot of pressure” in his first full season riding.
But, after gauging a feel for the track, Mounsey said: “I’ve now had a season to learn the tracks and get used to the BSB paddock, it will be really nice when you guys do come and watch us.
“It was really strange last season racing around the circuits without any spectators.”
The importance of the support classes was amplified when John Jameson, team principal added: “As a team, we have always looked to develop and nurture young talent.
“We are really excited to be working with both Dan and Sullivan to help them reach their potential.
“As we discovered last season, both riders have shown great promise and with the progress made under challenging circumstances makes us really excited to continue the journey with them.”
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