Glen Richards will compete in the British Superbike Championship this season after being signed to front an assault on the Evo title alongside Graeme Gowland and Alex Lowes.
The Australian, who raced with HM Plant Honda in 2009, returns to the series after a season spent in the Superstock class, Richards pairing up with Team WFR, the operation that helped him to a dominant British Supersport title win in 2008.
Formerly known as Embassy Racing, WFR will supply Evo-specification Hondas to Richards, as well as Gowland and Lowes, who graduate from the Supersport class.
"The Embassy days were the most enjoyable and successful of my career and I have always kept in touch with the guys,” said Richards, who finished 12th overall in 2009 after having his season interrupted by injury.
“When I heard that some of them were putting together the Team WFR Evo project I knew it would be something special. I kept my fingers crossed and when I got the call I did everything in my power to make sure I was in their rider line-up.
“The Evo concept makes great sense to me and I believe it will provide the kind of racing the teams can afford and the fans will love - and as a rider, the more emphasis on my skills and the reduced importance of electronics can only be good. I would like to thank Team WFR for the opportunity and now it's a matter of repaying their faith by performing on track, and I can't wait."
Gowland will join Richards in returning to the Superbike class after a season spent with Motorpoint Yamaha in 2009, during which time he finished 15th overall with a single podium finish at Mallory Park. Last season he was sixth in the British Supersport standings.
Lowes, meanwhile, gets a full-time chance on the Superbike stage after an impressive single outing on the Redline KTM saw him get into the points. He also competed part-time at Supersport level in 2010, finishing 12th overall for Seton Yamaha.