Connor Campbell will return full-time to the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship in 2023, once again joining forces with title sponsor B&T MacFarlane Kubota while also continuing with Kawasaki Canada for a fifth consecutive year.
Campbell was well on course for a breakout season in 2022, sitting fourth overall in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike standings through the first four races and consistently fighting for podiums despite one of the most talented grids in recent memory. His season was unfortunately cut short by a serious crash in round three at Atlantic Motorsport Park, but that has only added to Campbell’s motivation entering 2023.
Now fully healthy, the team will be continuing its partnership with B&T MacFarlane and Kubota, who have played an integral role in Campbell’s career since turning Pro just three seasons ago.
“I’m super happy to be working with B&T Macfarlane and Kubota Canada once again,” Connor said. “They have been a huge part of my success over the years, and I can’t thank them enough.”
B&T MacFarlane, based near Connor’s hometown in Ottawa, ON, began as MacFarlane Farm Supplies over a half-century ago before rebranding to their current name in 1972, at which point they became one of Canada’s biggest dealers of the famed Kubota tractor. The partnership has continued over the last 50 years, with B&T MacFarlane now offering hundreds of Kubota products.
Founded over a century ago in 1890, Kubota has grown from a small Japanese agricultural dealer into a major global brand with over 38,000 employees. The company expanded their Canadian effort in 2012 alongside Kverneland Group, and remains one of the nation’s most recognizable industrial companies.
In addition to his trademark sponsorship team, Campbell will also be returning aboard a familiar Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja machine, his fourth straight season on the 600cc entry and his fifth year with Kawasaki overall. With reigning class champion Trevor Dion turning to the feature Pro Superbike category, Campbell is excited to take on a bigger role with the Kawasaki brand.
“I really struggled the first few pro years. Last year everything seemed to be coming together, unfortunately my season got cut short to a few injuries,” Campbell said. “This year we have the best program yet and are confident we will be fighting for podiums every race, as well as being a title contender.”
Connor’s first official action for the 2023 season may come at the 2023 CSBK Winter Test in Jennings, Florida this March, the first such event in over a decade. The team will then turn their focus towards the season opener at Shannonville Motorsport Park in late May, a track Campbell is excited to return to for the first time as a Pro.
Campbell remains intent on contesting the full CSBK schedule, which will complete stops at the Grand Bend Motorplex, Atlantic Motorsport Park on the east coast, famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and finally returning to Shannonville in September.
Campbell would like to thank B&T MacFarlane, Kubota, Bickle Racing, DP Brakes, Moto World, RST, Super Sonic Road Racing School, Bam Paving, Direct Bore, Local Boys Snow Blowing, and all his other friends and family for their efforts in helping the team prepare for the 2023 campaign.
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