BSB: Taylor Moreton and Powerslide Motorcycles are Making their Debut in the All-new Pirelli National Sportbike Championship.

Published on December 4, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Taylor Moreton is all-set to rekindle his racing career with Powerslide Motorcycles in what’s set to be an exciting all-new class for the 2024 season.

Staffordshire based 22 year-old Taylor Moreton will be competing in the all-new Pirelli National Sportbike Championship riding for Powerslide Motorcycles aboard the Suzuki GSX8r.

Taylor first made his appearance in the BSB paddock riding in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup in 2016. In his debut race Taylor finished in an impressive third place, finishing in second place in the 2016 championship standings.

For 2017 he moved into the HEL Performance British Motorstar championship, Taylor secured a podium finish at Thruxton and finished in sixth place in the Moto3 Standard championship standings.

2018 saw Taylor remain in the HEL Performance British Motorstar championship, he did the double at Thruxton and broke the lap record. He finished in third place in the championship standings, beating current VisionTrack Moto3 rider Scott Ogden.

For 2019 he entered the Pirelli National Superstock 600 with Black Horse Championship, in his debut race he finished in a strong fifth place. Taylor switched teams for 2020 and remained in the Superstock 600 Championship.

Over the past year or so Taylor has helped out his good friend Storm Stacey with his YouTube channel, being the Starline Kawasaki’s editor.

Taylor is keen to get his racing career back on track with Powerslide Motorcycles in 2024, riding in the Pirelli National Sportbike Championship.

Shortshift News caught up with Taylor and asked him about why this is the time to make his return to racing and his expectations of the Suzuki GSX8r.

Taylor Moreton:
“I never really wanted to stop racing, it was just circumstances that dictated [it for me], the Sportbike class has actually made it happen because I didn’t really want to go back to Stock six, I’d be too far behind the others and Stock 1000 would be too big a jump for me, so with the new class all starting fresh, I thought it was a good opportunity for me to come back.”

“I’ve heard some good things about the Suzuki GSX8r, we won’t actually know where we are with things until the first test, I’m light weight as I’m a small rider so I think I will have a straight line advantage.”

We asked Taylor: As you have had a few years off, how will you prepare yourself to get back up to speed?

He said: “I’ve got a new enduro bike, so me and Storm will be out on that most weekends. To be fair I’ve kept my fitness fairly close to what it was since I’ve left racing, in myself I’m ok it’s just bike fitness I need to build on which the enduro bike will help.”

He then went on to discuss his thoughts for the 2024 season:

“I’m a lot more mature than I was when I stopped racing, my outlook is different now, I used to get flustered quite quickly. I’m going to have expectations that’s natural, I’m not going to put pressure on myself this time, obviously I want to be at the front, but I understand it’s been a long time since I’ve been away and I’ve got to get back up to speed and most importantly, I’ve got to enjoy racing again and riding bikes.”

Taylor wishes to thank everyone who has supported him with his Just Giving Page and for every one’s kind comments and well wishes.

Featured Images: Powerslide Motorcycles and T89fox.


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