Vittorio Iannuzzo is set to return to the MCE British Superbike championship with Gearlink Kawasaki in 2016.
The former European Superstock champion made debut in BSB last year with a handful of appearances at Snetterton and Knockhill for Tsingtao MV Agusta. The 33-year-old is thrilled to join the Supersport race-winning squad as he prepares to get to grips with the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
"I am proud to be part of this team because they are already one of the top teams in the Supersport Championship and when I met with them I had the feeling that they also want to become the same in the Superbike class,” Iannuzzo said. “So together we can have goals for the season ahead. The team has some really cool people and we have a good test schedule planned so for sure it should be an easier start to the season this time for me compared to last year.
“I last rode a Kawasaki in 2008, but it was a long time ago, so I don't think it will be possible to compare but I feel I have more experience now. We will be ready for the first round.
"We must work hard together this year to get results but I am looking forward to that this year. We know that BSB is one of the strongest championships in the world, with so many top riders and teams, but we can progress in every race and we will be trying hard to make steps forward at every round."
Gearlink Kawasaki team owner Michael de Bidaph says he attempted to sign the 33-year-old Italian last season and is delighted to get his man the upcoming season.
“I am really happy to have signed Vittorio for the 2016 British Superbike season,” de Bidaph said. “I was in talks with him last year but at that time he had other commitments so I am now delighted to be working together this season.
"It will certainly be a challenge for both of us especially as Vittorio is not that familiar with the British circuits but I am confident that, with the passion we both have to succeed, we will be able to have a great season."