Record-breaking Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson will do battle in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this season after joining the all-new FFX Yamaha team.
Hutchinson remains one of the world's most successful road racing contenders, becoming the first rider to win five Isle of Man TT races in a week. In November, Hutchinson celebrated an incredible victory on his return from serious leg injuries at the Macau Grand Prix.
Hutchinson will be entering his first full season of MCE BSB this year having previously made four appearances when he deputised for Leon Camier in 2007.
"I have been aiming to race in the Championship for several years and I had the chance a few seasons ago but I had setbacks with my injury so this feels like a big opportunity for me," said Hutchinson, whose planned 2014 TT ride with SMR/Milwaukee Yamaha looks to have been scrapped due to ECU rule changes.
"This whole season means a lot to me personally because I have done a couple of rounds before but never a whole Championship and I am excited that we have the chance to learn and progress throughout the year.
"MCE BSB is the highest level of racing in Britain and I have my own targets and ambitions but I am going to take it as it comes because we know we have a well-developed bike with the Yamaha and that should make my first season an easier scenario.
"I have been building on making my return to racing and that has made me more determined for sure. I have learnt a lot in the past three years and have matured as a rider although I wasn't racing as much so I want to make this count. I want to thank everyone involved with the FFX Yamaha team and the project for giving me this chance."
FFX Yamaha join MCE BSB for their debut season with strong foundations, sharing technical knowledge with SMR (Shaun Muir Racing) and will be recognised as a satellite Yamaha team.
FFX Yamaha will also line-up in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship with Northern Irish rider Andy Reid who progresses to the class after ending the 2013 season in the Motostar Championship, claiming three race victories from just six races.