Jakub Smrz is set to join MCE British Superbike championship leader Josh Brookes at Milwaukee Yamaha for the opening round of the Showdown at Assen.

Smrz had competed for Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati during the first half of the season but suffered a broken wrist in a crash during qualifying at Snetterton in June. The Czech rider was subsequently replaced by John Hopkins and has been without a ride since then but has now been picked up by Shaun Muir's squad for Assen.

Smrz is keen to demonstrate his pace when he gets to grips with the new Yamaha for the first time.

"First of all thank you to Milwaukee Yamaha for this opportunity because it was a really difficult beginning of the season for me and when things started to work well I unfortunately got injured," Smrz said. "Of course I want to be racing and missing some rounds have made me more determined to come back and have good results.

"Shaun Muir's team is one of the best in the championship and the new Yamaha has been performing so well with Josh, so I am looking forward to riding it for the first time.

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"It will be all about how quickly I can get used to the R1, but Assen is one of my favourite tracks so that will help me. I feel positive, motivated and will do my best to show I can finish races on top."

Smrz takes up the bike vacated by Broc Parkes who struggled to perform in BSB this year and has been absent from the past three rounds.

Team manager Mick Shanley is looking forward to working with Smrz and hopes the Czech rider can help with the development with the new Yamaha R1.

"It was always the plan to return to a two rider line-up before the end of the season so to have the team back to full strength with a complete two rider line-up at Assen is perfect timing," Shanley said. "Jakub has a lot of experience from his time on the world stage and also most recently in BSB and for the team it will be valuable to get some feedback from another perspective as we continue developing the R1."