Dafabet Devitt Racing have today (Monday) announced the signing of Paul Jordan for the 2019 International road racing season, with the 26-year old set to run exclusively on Kawasaki machinery in the Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight classes.
The team, operated by RC Express Racing, sees the Bristol-based outfit extend their successful partnership with Dafabet, one of the world’s leading online betting platforms and Devitt Insurance, one of the UK’s leading specialist motorcycle insurers for the third and fourth years respectively. That support has seen the team at the forefront of International road racing and firmly establish themselves as one of the leaders in the paddock.
Having impressed on his two outings for the team last year at the Ulster and Macau Grand Prix meetings, Jordan will now campaign a full season for the squad with the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix their main focus. In addition, the former 125cc British Championship race winner will make his debut at the Southern 100 and will also contest selected rounds of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Since moving away from the short circuits to the roads, Jordan has continued to make significant strides forward with 2018 seeing him have his best year to date at the International road races.
Indeed, riding for Dafabet Devitt Racing, the Magherafelt rider took brilliant fourth and sixth place finishes in the Superbike and Superstock races at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix where he improved his personal best lap of the Dundrod circuit to an impressive 131.148mph.
That performance led to him remaining with the team for the Macau Grand Prix where he made a solid debut to finish in 14thplace after a race long battle with Michael Sweeney.
Meanwhile, Jordan made his second appearance at the Isle of Man TT races earlier in the year and took 19th and 22nd place finishes in the two Supersport races on his privately-entered Yamaha, also improving his best lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course to 123.355mph. Riding the same machine, he also took 14th place in the second Supersport race at the North West 200.
The former Ulster and Irish 125cc Road Race Champion was also victorious in the Supersport race at the Armoy road races and having joined Dafabet Devitt Racing in a full time capacity he’s now looking to make a further impression on the leaderboard at the International road race meetings, particularly the Isle of Man TT.
The team are also incredibly proud to announce that road race star Ivan Lintin, who continues to make progress from the injuries he sustained at last year’s Southern 100, is still firmly a member of Dafabet Devitt Racing family and will be with the team throughout the 2019 season in a non-racing role.
Speaking about the deal, Jordan said: “After two successful meetings with the team last year, I’m delighted to have joined Dafabet Devitt Racing for 2019 and I can’t wait for the season to get underway. It’s nice to be going into the season with such a great team and group of people behind me with Roy and Ben have made me feel at home from the very first day. It feels like I’ve been with the team for years and that’s such a great feeling to have. I’ve been working really hard over the winter months and am looking forward to taking another step forward in my career and doing both myself and everyone connected with the team proud.”
Team owner Roy Constable added: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with both Dafabet and Devitt Insurance and with them both being such an integral part of the team we’re looking to continue our success of previous years in 2019. We’re equally delighted to welcome Paul to the team on a full-time basis after he impressed us all in his short time with us last year. He improved tremendously in the two outings he had with us and we’re excited to be working with such a talented rider in the season ahead. It continues our ethos of working with young, promising riders and we’ll be looking to nurture his talent, build on what we achieved last year and have a successful and enjoyable year of racing.”
John Cruces, Dafabet said: “We’re very happy to continue our partnership with the team and it’s great to see Paul join full-time. We look forward to seeing what we can do in 2019 and hope to build on what was achieved last year. We’re also very happy to see that Ivan is very much part of the team and continues with his recovery. We wish the team the very best of luck in the forthcoming racing season.”
Tom Warsop, Devitt Insurance commented: “As we enter our fourth year supporting the team, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Paul on-board after an impressive spell with us towards the end of last year. It’s an absolute pleasure working with RC Express and we’re excited to be involved in their progress and performance through 2019.”