Quay Garage Honda has announced it will double its efforts in the British Superbike Championship next season after concluding a deal to acquire HM Plant Honda's current machines for 2011.
The privateer team stepped up to the championship class in 2010 with Tommy Bridewell, the youngster defying the ageing Honda CBR1000RR to show flashes of impressive pace.
However, Quay Garage will undergo a significant upgrade next season after concluding a title sponsor in Tyco Security products, a move that will see the team renamed for 2011 and expand to two entries.
Additionally, it has enabled the team to secure the Hondas currently being ridden in the 2010 series by Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari, with Bridewell already confirmed to ride one of them. Dan Linfoot has been rumoured as the team's second choice.
“It's been a pretty amazing three months and this is the culmination of all our hard work and to be the first team to announce their plans for British Superbikes next season shows how serious we are about winning,” said team principal Ian Woollacott.
“We will have the best two prospects in this country and to have them on the best factory bikes money can buy is fantastic. We are increasing our profile considerably in the paddock thanks to Tyco and our other sponsors and although our proven fundamentals of Quay Garage Racing will remain, this is a brand new and exciting era for the team."
With what become known as Tyco Honda aiming to compete in selected World Superbike rounds too, Bridewell was delighted to be continuing with the team.
When I returned to BSB halfway through last year, little did I think that just over a year later I'd have a deal to ride a bike capable of winning the championship.
“I've seen, first-hand, how quick these bikes are and it will be fantastic to ride one. It's a dream come true and my thanks to Ian and the team at Quay Garage and also to Phil Dashey and his colleagues at Tyco Security Products for putting this together.
“I'm under no illusions it's going to be tough but it will be good to have a team-mate of similar ability. I've never had a deal sorted this early so now I can prepare to the maximum for my best shot so far of winning the BSB championship."