Splitlath Motorsport has announced it will compete in the British Superbike Championship class next season following its BSB-Evo success in 2010.
The team came to within three points of winning the inaugural BSB sub-category with Hudson Kennaugh, the South African just losing out to Jentin BMW's Steve Brogan during the final race of the season.
Kennaugh, who joined Splitlath halfway through the season having established a strong start with MAR Kawasaki, will stay on as its rider for 2011 when it steps up to challenge for overall honours.
However, Splitlath is yet to confirm which bike it intends to run next season having been the only team on the grid to prepare the Aprilia RSV-4.
“We are thrilled to reveal that Hudson will remain with us again next year as we step up to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship,” said team manager Jonathan Dimbylow. “He more than proved himself in last year's Evo Championship, and we are confident that with the right machine he is more than capable of running with the best.
“Hudson is a great guy who is very popular within the team. He has an extremely positive outlook and a great attitude. He is a rider who strives for success and his optimism rubs off on everyone. Everyone at Splitlath Motorsport is looking forward to a great year in 2011.”
Following his successful return to Superbikes this season, Kennaugh is delighted to have a deal for 2011 already in place.
“In these times of uncertainty in motorcycle racing it is great to be involved with a team that has a pure focus on achieving one goal – running at the front of the very highest class,” he said.
“When I joined the team, the season was already well underway and we had to live from round to round doing what we could between races to make improvements and develop the bike. This year we have the whole off-season to really get stuck into the groundwork.
“It means we have plenty of time to round up the troops, get some good pre-season testing under our belts and put everything together so we can hit the ground running when the season opens in April. I am excited at the prospect of what we can achieve together in 2011, and I would like to thank John for giving me this awesome opportunity.”
A further announcement over the choice of bike and a possible second entry will be announced in due course.