James Rispoli says he's looking to spice up the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship next year as he prepares to graduate from the British Supersport class and joins Anvil Hire Yamaha for 2016.
The American rider says he is buzzing for his rookie year in BSB and TAG Racing's switch to Yamaha machinery along with support from his sponsor Tamworth Yamaha made his decision for 2016 a straightforward one.
Rispoli will be joined by fellow supersport riders Glenn Irwin and Sam Hornsey in BSB next year while British Supersport champion Luke Stapleford may also make the step up but is yet to confirm his 2016 plans. The 24-year-old from Florida says there will be a lot of hungry rookies looking to prove themselves against the more established riders.
“It is going to create a lot more chaos in the class,” Rispoli said. “It is hard to take out the supersport axe murders in the first couple of rounds so I think you are going to see a few big moves. I think it is going to be good as long as those moves are clean and safe it should make the class spicier.
“I'm not saying that BSB isn't already but there will be rookies looking to prove a point – much like in Hockey when they are always fighting. Always trying to prove to the top teams that they can do it.
“I think you will see more risks taken from us, which is good, but at the same time I think you'll see that the rookies from supersport have got a lot of talent and should be doing well right off the bat.”
Rispoli has signalled his intentions immediately as he targets the top rookie honours along with consistent points finishes and is aiming to emulate the impressive maiden season by Luke Mossey – who claimed the 2015 BSB Riders' cup as well as ending the season as top rookie.
The new Anvil Hire Yamaha rider, who will team-mate Billy McConnell and Shaun Winfield, singles out Irwin as the biggest challenge to his goals for next season after the Ulsterman landed a Be Wiser PBM Ducati ride alongside four-time BSB champion Shane Byrne.
“The biggest thing right now is Irwin on the factory Ducati alongside Shakey, he will be the biggest threat for us moving up,” he explained. “We want to be top rookie and we know what speed we need to be top rookie it is now about how it plays out. We are going to have the right amount of testing we need and if we do our job there is no reason why we can't be top rookie.”
Rispoli is also hoping to carry his strong momentum from the end of the 2015 season with TTC Yamaha into the new year while looking to bring the same positive atmosphere to his new BSB squad.
“Even though I am leaving one team and going to another I am keeping the same vibe,” he said. “With Keith Flint there was no pressure whatsoever whether you crashed the bike or won. He always knew we could win and never doubted us. He was very supportive and coming to TAG Racing it is great for my rookie year because it seems like there is the same vibe."