Aaron Zanotti has been announced as the 39th rider to join this season's MCE British Superbike Championship as he switches to the new Yamaha R1 with title sponsors A-Plant.

The English rider will remain with the same team he raced for in 2014, when he notched up three points-scoring finishes in a difficult season. The team will take delivery of the new Yamaha R1 ahead of its first pre-season testing over the next few weeks.

"The new R1 looks awesome. Yamaha have incorporated so much race technology into the new bike, so we think it will be the one to beat," Zanotti said. "I'm confident we can achieve consistent top ten finishes on the new A-Plant Yamaha R1.

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"We need to say a huge thank you to A-Plant for stepping up again and putting their faith in me and the team, but also to BOC Gas and Gear, Already Hire, R & Z Auto Salvage and Rough Media. It's been a long winter of training and preparing for the new season, but now I can't wait to go racing."

Asif Latief, Marketing Director at A-Plant, says he hopes the Yamaha will enable the team to push further up the grid.

"We are delighted to be associated with the British Superbike Championship and to sponsor Aaron Zanotti again," Latief said. "With the switch to Yamaha and a lot of hard work, we are confident he and the A-Plant Yamaha team will achieve good results this season."

The season commences at Donington Park on the 4-6 April.