Lee Jackson will step up to the MCE British Superbike Championship in 2015 alongside Ryuichi Kiyonari in the Buildbase BMW team, it has been announced.

The 19-year-old will be one of the youngest riders on the grid when he makes his full-time debut in the series next year, Jackson getting the nod with Stuart Hicken's Builbase BMW outfit after finishing third with the team in the National Superstock 1000 class.

In addition, Jackson's full move into British Superbikes was preceded by a handful of BSB outings in 2014 in place of the injured James Westmoreland, peaking with a top ten finish in Assen. Following that taste of Superbike machinery, Jackson says he is looking forward to getting a full season on the bike.

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"I'm really looking forward to riding with Buildbase BMW for the full season in British Superbikes next year. This season I rode the bike for four rounds and really enjoyed it. It's such a different sensation compared to Superstock.

"I can't wait to step up and get to know the bike even better and see what we can do. Kiyo is a great team mate; he's such an experienced rider so hopefully I can continue to learn from him.

"I'm really grateful that the team has given me this opportunity and I'd like to thank all those who have supported me through the past few years."

With Kiyonari tipped to challenge for the 2015 BSB title after finishing runner-up on the BMW in 2014, team manager Hicken thinks Jackson creates the perfect line-up of youth and experience.

"We're delighted that Lee is moving up to the Superbike class after two years with us in Superstock 1000. He is one of the brightest young talents in UK racing at the moment and we feel this is the right time for him to make the step up. The championship needs some new, young British talent and we are confident in what Lee can achieve.

"With Kiyo and Lee, we have a great package of experience, youth and talent. After a remarkable 2014 season, our only aim is to go one better in 2015."

Jackson's promotion means each of the top three riders from the 2014 National Superstock 1000 standings - including Danny Buchan and Jason O'Halloran - will race in British Superbikes next year. Jackson's predecessor Westmoreland will ride the GBmoto-run JG Speedfit Kawasaki.