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Westmoreland signs BSB deal

"James is at a very similar level to where Cal Crutchlow, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were when they stepped up to Superbikes."
2010 British Supersport runner-up James Westmoreland will step up to British Superbike this season after signing to partner Loris Baz in the Motorpoint Yamaha team.

The deal means that Rob McElnea's team will run an all-rookie line-up with a combined age of just 40!

Westmoreland effectively replaces countryman Dan Linfoot, while the previously confirmed Baz gets a full season after impressing Motorpoint as a stand-in rider late last year.

"I am delighted to make the step up to Superbike with such an established team,” said Westmoreland. “I have grown up aware of the history and what the team has achieved since they started so it is great to join them and also remain with Yamaha for a second consecutive season.

“I am looking forward to working with Loris as he showed his pace at the end of last season and I think we can learn a lot together. We may be the youngest team on paper but that can only be a positive thing as our hunger to achieve results is massive and we are both really determined to have a good season.

"We started testing early so we already have some knowledge under our belts, because of that I feel that we are in a stronger position ahead of our next test. I can't wait to get racing with the team as I feel like I am at home already and I need to thank them and all of our sponsors for giving me this opportunity."

McElnea is proud to have such a young line-up.

"Over the years we have been the team who have invested in our young talent and I believe with the riders we have on-board that 2011 could be the best return yet on our investment!” he declared.

“James is at a very similar level to where Cal Crutchlow, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were when they stepped up to Superbikes. He has a tough act to follow but I am sure he will deliver on race day.

“On the other side of the garage we have at 18 year-old Loris Baz, who will be a perfect motivator and team-mate for James.

"I believe we have never looked so good. Both riders are very hungry and determined, and we have a very competitive bike that is totally ready to go. We just need to keep the guy's healthy and have a little bit of luck!"

Linfoot is yet to sign.



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James Westmoreland tests Motorpoint Yamaha (Pic: Inside Line Photography).
James Westmoreland tests Motorpoint Yamaha (Pic: Inside Line Photography).
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha [ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha [ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Shaun Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
John Hopkins, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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Sweeble

January 12, 2011 12:09 PM

This is great, more young talent in BSB. While I am a big fan of riders like Michael Rutter or Shakey and enjoy seeing them do well, BSB has got too many riders at the end of their career. For me it has lost the sparkle it had when Leon H and C, Cal C, Tom Sykes etc were making the series a place where strong careers were made. I want to see these young riders go hard!

unsure - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 10:25 AM

there is no doubt this team are a big team, they look the part and once again have 2 good young riders BUT its about time they got results and as for linfoot he or his sponsor prob thought i dont fancy wasting god knows how much money with them again, as he had a decent sponsor and paid for his ride there last year, he prob thinks its better spent else where, hopefully he gets a good ride soon good luck to westy and baz 2 talented youngsters



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