British Supersport front runners Gearlink will step up to the MCE British Superbike Championship in 2014 with Ben Wilson.

Runners-up at Supersport level in 2011 with Wilson and in 2013 with Alastair Seeley, Gearlink will embark on a new challenge in 2014 by entering a single ZX-10R for 31-year-old Wilson, as well as a retain its involvement in the 600cc class.

Returning to Superbikes for the first time since 2006, Wilson - who has won 17 BSS races with Gearlink over five seasons - is excited to be granted the opportunity to spearhead the popular team's move into the premier class.

"I'm so excited about moving up into the Superbike class for the 2014 season and I would like to thank Michael and Norma from Gearlink and everyone involved with the team for this opportunity. It's a new challenge and goal for me and something I am really looking forward to.

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"I have been in the Supersport class for five years now and it's time for me to move up and have a really good go at it. I will be fully focussed on the job in hand and I hope between us we are more than capable of being competitive and getting some good results."

With Luke Hedger and Glenn Irwin set to lead its Supersport challenge, Gearlink team manager Michael de Bidaph feels now is the right time to join the Superbike ranks.

"We are very excited about moving up to the Superbike class next year and also to have Ben onboard the bike. I feel the time is right for both the team and Ben to move up to the MCE BSB Championship, but also realise it is a big step and it will be a tough job!

"The signing of Luke and Glenn to compete in the Supersport Championship next season is also an exciting prospect. I feel that British Supersport has proven to be a highly competitive series over the past few years and with these two young riders I believe we can be competing up there with the best!"

Gearlink's announcement comes days after BSS rivals TAG Racing announced its plans to step up to Superbikes with a two-rider effort. It also means Gearlink is already the fifth team to confirm a Kawasaki-backed entry, following Paul Bird Motorsport, Quattro Plant, GBmoto and TAG.