Kawasaki World Superbike
The Pedercini Kawasaki Team has made a decision regarding the upcoming World Superbike Championship, and have chose the pilot that will make for a 21-rider grid in the 2011 season.
Lucio and Donato Pedercini reached an agreement with Mark Aitchison who will join the Pedercini Kawasaki World Superbike Team starting from the next Phillip Island test that will take place on Feb. 21 and 22 before the first World Superbike Championship round.
The 27-year-old Australian rider will be teammate to the Italian Kawasaki Superbike rider Roberto Rolfo.
Aitchison started his professional career competing in the World Superstock Championship with Suzuki Italia. He completed his campaign finishing fifth in the World Superstock Championship and was named 2007 Rookie of the Year.
In the 2008 season Mark partnered with Triumph to enter the World Supersport Championship entering into the Top 10 on several occasions. In 2009 he teamed up with the Hanspree Honda Althea Team for his second full season in the World Supersport Championship.
The 2009 season was very competitive and Aitchison reached the podium on one occasion and scored a number of excellent Top 5 finishes, culminating 8th overall in the championship standings. Last year he participated to the last four races of the World Supersport Championship with Kuja Racing Team.
Donato Pedercini (Pedercini Kawasaki Superbike) says: "I’m very satisfied with the agreement reached with Mark Aitchison and I’m delighted to welcome him on board with our team. He’s an excellent addition to the team, I appreciated his riding qualities and his determination.
"Mark is full of enthusiasm and with a passion for racing. Together we will take on this new challenge and we firmly believe he will quickly grow. Mark is strongly motivated and he’s on the same wavelength as we are in terms of projects and targets. He’ll test the new Kawasaki ZX 10R superbike during the next Phillip Island test and of course the first two races will not be easy for him, but I’m sure that all our technicians will help him to be competitive very soon."
Mark Aitchison (Pedercini Kawasaki Superbike) says: "To say I am excited now about my season ahead is a major understatement. To race in the World SBK class has always been a dream of mine and to be given this opportunity with a team that has such long history in World Superbike racing is something I am very proud of.
"I would like to thank all the Pedercini family for giving me such a wonderful chance to be a part of their team and I look forward to repaying their faith in me by giving all my motivation and dedication toward this project. In Phillip Island I’ll be riding and racing the bike for the first time, so even though it will not be easy, I understand that this is a long season.
"The new Kawasaki superbike package looks amazing, the bike is relative in size to it’s 600cc counterpart and after I have some laps under my belt I’m sure my technicians and I will have a much clearer understanding for the development of the bike and how we need to improve to reach our goals. I’m extremely looking forward to this new challenge, and I’m especially looking forward to getting back onto the Phillip Island circuit, which I love to race on."