FS-3 Kawasaki retains Showdown contender Lee Jackson for 2023 BSB season

Title Showdown 'rookie' Lee Jackson will embark on a sixth season with FS-3 Kawasaki for the 2023 British Superbike Championship (BSB)

Lee Jackson - FS-3 Racing Kawasaki

FS-3 Racing has confirmed its first rider for the 2023 British Superbike Championship (BSB) after agreeing to extend its partnership with Lee Jackson for a sixth season.

The announcement comes just ahead of the 2022 Title Showdown, which kicks off at Oulton Park this weekend and features Jackson for the first time.

Something of a veteran in BSB terms having made his big bike debut back in 2014, this has nonetheless been a breakthrough campaign for the 27-year old with a long awaited maiden win coming at Oulton Park, while five more podiums have smoothed his route to the eight-way fight for the title.

It’s a rate of progression that FS-3 Racing will continue to invest in next season with Jackson - who spent two seasons in Superstock before returning to BSB in 2020 - staying on board with the Kawasaki UK backed team.

“I’m really excited to be remaining with the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team for another season. This has been my most successful season in Superbikes so far, and that continuity of staying on the same bike, with the same team and another year of data will be really useful.

“We’re also going to have some new parts, which I’m sure will help us to take yet another step forward. Before then, though, we have the Showdown, and I can’t wait to get back to Oulton Park, where I’ll be putting everything on the line in the hunt for the title.”

Following a couple of lean years in the wake of it earning status as Kawasaki’s factory nominated effort in BSB, FS-3 Racing has also enjoyed something of a landmark campaign by not only reaching the Title Showdown for the first time since 2019 but doing so with both Jackson and Rory Skinner.

With hot prospect Skinner expected to switch to the Moto2 World Championship next season, FS-3 Kawasaki boss Nigel Snook is convinced Jackson will lead the team to even greater success in 2023.

“We are delighted to have signed Lee Jackson for another season to represent the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team in 2023. We’ve been working with Lee for five years now, and it’s been a pleasure to see him develop both as a rider and a team member. 

“Scoring his first BSB victory at Oulton Park earlier in the year and now qualifying for the end of season Showdown for the first time are clear illustrations of his talent.

“With another year on a superbike under his belt and aided by the steady development of our ZX-10RRs, we are confident that Lee will be a serious championship contender next year.”