Former British Superbike Champion Tommy Hill has confirmed he will return to the paddock in 2015 after being named in a senior management role with the BeWiser Kawasaki team.

Hill, who beat John Hopkins to BSB title glory by a famously small margin in 2011, quit racing at the end of the 2012 season and though he has signalled his intentions to return in a management capacity, only now has he managed to secure firm plans.

The 29-year-old will assume a senior management role with AP Kawasaki, which will step up from the National Superstock class with an ambitious two rider BSB team in 2015, complete with backing from Kawasaki UK and title sponsorship from Be Wiser Insurance.

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"This has been an ambition of mine for the past year, and something I have felt very passionate about being a part of," said 19-time BSB race winner Hill. "I will be heavily involved in most aspects of the management and team structure, ensuring that the team provides a strong platform. Working with the Be Wiser brand as an ambassador this year has also been a great way for me to understand the company and how committed they are to our new project.

"Be Wiser have been a great partner to the AP Kawasaki team in recent years, and together they have done a great job running the team and producing good results. With the Be Wiser brand now wanting to move up to British Superbikes, I am fully devoted to help them make the transition and be successful both on and off the track."

AP Kawasaki team owner Alan Greig is thrilled to be stepping up to BSB with a prestigious name on board and a series of strong backers.

"This is such an exciting opportunity for all of us. The new team has managed to secure a fantastic level of support from Be Wiser Insurance as a title sponsor and Dickies as an associate sponsor and we have other sponsors either already on board or currently in discussions.

"We have already consulted with many technical partners to support the team and have agreed terms with Nick Morgan of MSS Performance to provide technical support and engine management. With Tommy Hill's involvement too, I have no doubt we will be a very competitive team from the start."

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Whilst I wish Tommy Hill well in his 'Senior Management role', at 29 he is pretty much at his peak career wise.
To me, as an ex-champion, it seems a great shame that he is not on the bike rather than coping with administration.