Date: Fri 02 Jun 2017

"Hopefully I can smash the Europeans and bring something back for the Brits" - Harvey

Joe Harvey is hoping he can make it third time lucky when he faces up to Phil Pope once again but first has his eyes set on that Euro Tour prize.

Having finished second in the UK Championship for consecutive years, Midlands born Harvey has been pushing for the top spot and after winning the International Cup late last year he'll be confident of reversing the form.

On reflection, the Kawasaki rider is sure he did everything possible during the 2016 season with an International victory further confirming his efforts. "Last year was good for me starting with Karujet in the spring giving me a boost of confidence ready for the AquaX Championship."

In flatter conditions Harvey knows his Kawasaki doesn't have the raw pace needed. However, in choppier waters it'll be a lot closer and he's sure he can continue to apply more pressure to the current UK Champion. "In flat conditions the Kawasaki simply doesn't have the speed, but I still ride it hard and make solid positions.

"In the rough conditions it's pretty close with me and The Pope so this year could be different; I'm sure Phil feels the pressure when I'm behind him."

Despite winning an International contest Harvey is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and will aim to bring some silverware back to the UK starting with the Euro Tour that kicks off it's first ever season with racing in Normandy this weekend.. "Obviously starting back after winning the International Cup is a strong confidence booster, but I don't really think about that too much. I've been there and won it but it's on to the next one now.

"I don't want to be coming into the season big headed and failing so my focus is on winning some races and getting some podiums. Hopefully I can smash the Europeans and bring something back for the Brits."

Yamaha will prove tough competition for Kawasaki but the boy from Wolverhampton is confident his team will have the edge. "As far as I'm concerned yes the new Yamaha is fast, but not the ski for off shore racing. All I can say is Kawasaki still have my loyalty for the time being."

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