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Over the past five seasons, Team Green has become a name synonymous with racing success in the UK, and a host of championships and race wins have been claimed by riders and teams supported by the iconic brand.
For 2020, it has moved into a new era and embarks on what is a first in the British Superbike Championship. Team Green will be backed by Massingberd-Mundy who will be title sponsor for its official Superbike, Superstock 1000, Supersport, Junior Superstock, Junior Supersport and sidecar teams.
With every team running the same name and identical livery, it will certainly be an awesome sight in the paddock!
Ignition specialist NGK is a is well known name in motorcycle racing. It is the world’s number one original equipment (OE) fitment and its Iridium IX spark plugs are popular with motorcyclists for their ability to provide enhanced ignition efficiency, better acceleration, faster starting and smoother running, longer life, and better fuel consumption.
The sponsorship deal was agreed following talks between the team and NGK Sales Representative – and motorcycle racing fan – Paul Wheatley.
He said: “We’ve always had a good relationship with Kawasaki and some of the individual teams but to come on board as a sponsor for the whole Team Green operation who will now race with the same livery is certainly a big scoop for us.”
He said the deal had been secured with the assistance of young Geordie motorcycle ace Chrissy Rouse who NGK is a long-standing supporter of and who will be riding for Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki in the 2020 Superstock 1000 series.
Paul said: “We have enjoyed a very close and productive relationship with Chrissy, and he helped open the door and set up talks with the team at last year’s Motorcycle Live show which resulted in the sponsorship deal being agreed.”
The 2020 British Superbike series will see Kawasaki machines across all classes compete under the same team name of 'Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki' and run the same livery.
The all new structure will reinforce Kawasaki's commitment to both the series and provide a ladder for talented riders to climb as they progress throughout their racing careers.
Ross Burridge, Marketing & Racing Co-ordinator for Kawasaki, said: “For 2020, for the first time we have brought all the individual teams together under one title sponsor, Massingberd-Mundy, and we are delighted that NGK has also come on board.
“Everyone uses NGK products and it is a fantastic brand that we are looking forward to working with to help give us increased exposure throughout the 2020 season.”
He said the team was looking to reveal its new livery at The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show at ExCel on February 14-16.
About NGK SPARK PLUG:
Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres.
Aftermarket EMEA: NGK Spark Plug has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany.
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