James Hillier intends to draw on the experience of team-mate Chris Walker as he attempts to climb the ladder in the MCE British Superbike Championship this year.
The Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki rider, who also faces a busy road racing schedule with the North West 200 in May and the Isle of Man TT festival among his commitments, has set himself a target of becoming a regular points-scorer in the elite domestic superbike series on the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Speaking following the team's official launch in Bedford at the weekend, Hillier said: “I'm really excited about the new BSB season and while it's not going to be easy with such a formidable line-up of riders, the new rules will make it more of a level playing field and it's going to be down to the rider on the day.
“Riding with world class opposition can only improve my riding while having Chris as a team-mate will be of huge benefit to me and I'm hoping to learn a great deal from him. I'm hungry to prove what I can do and get some good results, both on the short circuits and on the roads, for both myself and the team.”
Team principal Pete Extance has described the onset of the 2012 campaign as a “new starting point” for the team and is hopeful of making the all-important Showdown as the season reaches a climax.
“The team's gradually been evolving and with us now running two riders in BSB, as well as our roads campaign, an exciting year lies ahead,” he said. “This year's BSB Championship is a new starting point for all of us and while last year's series was very close, I'm expecting 2012 to be even closer - and that's before we've even got to the Showdown!
“I'd like to thank Joe and Enzo from Pr1mo for all their input and while there were a few issues over the winter, everything's come together now to make us a really strong team.”
The team will also run 17-year old Kyle Wilks in the National Superstock 600cc Championship as well as leading female racer Maria Costello at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and selected Irish National road races.