“I am a realist and know that I am going to have to work hard at it this season but this is a huge step in the right direction for me, especially to work with a championship-winning team. I am hoping that the Showdown format will work in my favour as it gives me a chance to learn some of the tracks and I want to be in the top six.
“I can't wait to get started and hopefully we can do enough to be there when it counts. I want to be successful in the championship and I am dedicated to succeeding with the Milwaukee Yamaha team.”
Securing a new title backer in Milwaukee Tool Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of heavy duty portable electric power tools and accessories, SMR will race as Milwaukee Yamaha and compete in a striking new red and white livery.
“Everyone at SMR have been working tirelessly since the end of last season to ensure that we return in the strongest possible position in 2013,” he said.
“We want to win back the BSB title and with the combination of James and Josh, plus an exciting new title partner with Milwaukee, I believe we have the foundations to return refreshed and ready to come out fighting. It is fantastic to have James back in the team as we know that he is a proven title contender with lots of experience.
“I am also pleased to welcome Josh for his debut season in the championship; he is a young, fast and upcoming Australian rider who will bring a new dynamic to the team. I want to thank everyone involved with the Milwaukee Yamaha team and now we begin to look ahead to our testing programme to ensure we are ready for the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch.”
As Swan Yamaha, SMR won the 2011 BSB title with Tommy Hill, but after finishing third in 2012, the Briton has decided to take a sabbatical from competition in 2013. His team-mate Noriyuki Haga has yet to reveal his plans for 2013.