Danish rider Robbin Harms has switched to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship this season with Ian Lougher's Kawasaki team.
Harms has a wealth of experience having previously competed in MotoGP and World Supersport before joining the MCE British Superbike series full-time last year on the Doodson Motorsport Honda, sustaining a wrist injury that hampered his season.
The 32-year-old had achieved the team's best result of seventh at Snetterton before the spill in race two.
“I am pleased to join ILR Kawasaki in Superstock 1000 Championship just a few weeks before the season starts. Last season was tough to sit out with a wrist injury so I am really looking forward to racing in the UK again,” he said.
“Ian Lougher has a strong team and knowledge which is something that can improve my chances to join BSB again.”
Team boss Lougher believes Harms could be a dark horse for the title in 2014.
“I am delighted to obtain the services of Danish rider Robbin Harms for a full campaign in the National Superstock 1000 Championship,” said Lougher.
“Robbin has a lot of experience on both two and four stroke machines, having started in 125cc Grand Prix before moving on to the World Supersport Championships, Moto 2 and BSB.
“He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, professional attitude and sheer speed. He knows all the UK tracks now, so I think he could surprise a lot of people in this Championship in 2014.”
Harms is the latest notable name to confirm his place on the Superstock 1000 grid, along with recently crowned Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick and former Moto3 rider Danny Webb, while reigning champion Hudson Kennaugh will defend his title riding BMW machinery this time.