Harry gets back on the bike at Silverstone in Superstock1000

New ride: Harry Hartley has joined the ILR Kawasaki team
New ride: Harry Hartley has joined the ILR Kawasaki team

Worsthorne race ace Harry Hartley is back on his bike after agreeing to ride for ILR Kawasaki in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

The 17-year-old started the season in British Super Bikes with Halsall Racing, and was the youngest points scorer in the championship.

But he parted ways with Halsall before a brief period with the Tsingtao team.

Harry, nicknamed , “Hartley Hare”, was left without a ride until late last week when a deal was struck with Ian Lougher and his team.

He was soon in action at the weekend at Silverstone, finishing 25th, and will finish the season at Brands Hatch in a few weeks’ time.

ILR said: “In keeping with our ethos of nurturing and developing young talent, ILR Kawasaki are pleased to announce that British Superbike young gun Harry Hartley will ride for the team in the final rounds of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

“Despite his young age, Hartley comes to the team with a race-proven pedigree.

“He was a regular podium chaser in the British 125GP class before moving up to the Superstock 600 class, where he scored a second place at Brands Hatch.

“This season, at the age of 17, and on Ninja ZX-10Rs, he became the youngest ever MCE British Superbike Championship competitor and points scorer.

“Hartley has made rapid progress in a relatively short space of time, and he isn’t in the least bit daunted as he takes on new challenges with an impressive ability to quickly get dialed in with machines of all makes and sizes.”

Harry himself added: “I am grateful to ILR Kawasaki and team manager Ian Lougher for presenting me with this opportunity.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has helped to make this possible.

“I am also pleased that I have been able to stay with Kawasaki, it is a brilliant bike and one that I am familiar with and I know this will help me as I strive to keep progressing.”

Lougher is delighted with the coup: ‘’We are really excited to see how Harry gels at ILR.

“Through my 32 years racing career, and managing my own team over the past 8 years, I can pass on some useful knowledge and race craft to such a young and naturally gifted racer who I believe has the talent to go all the way.”