Paul Jordan has signed for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team ahead of the 2020 road racing season.
Jordan will ride the Kawasaki ZX-10RR in the Superbike and Superstock classes at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT. He’ll then swap to the team’s Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Supersport class at both events. The Northern Irishman will also compete at the Macau Grand Prix.
As part of the deal Jordan will compete at selected rounds in the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
“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,” Jordan said.
“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.”
The 28-year-old won the Lightweight race at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix, whilst taking fourth in the corresponding race at the TT. In that race, Jordan produced the fourth quickest lap in the history of the lightweight class – posting an average of 121.248mph.
Meanwhile, Jordan finished 11th and 12th in the Supersport TT races, 14th in the Superbike event, and 18th in the Superstock race. Onboard a Kawasaki, Jordan was able to increase his personal best lap to 125.534mph.
“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.”