Howie Mainwaring-Smart will make a one-off appearance for Anvil Hire Yamaha alongside regular riders James Rispoli and Shaun Winfield at the MCE British Superbike season finale at Brands Hatch.
The Cheshire-born rider has recovered from a broken collarbone sustained in a crash in race two at Cadwell Park while filling in at Tommy Hill's ePayMe Yamaha with Broc Parkes on Endurance World Championship duty.
Mainwaring-Smart began the BSB season with Smiths BMW but split with the squad on mutual terms after round six at Thruxton having failed to gel with the BMW S1000RR.
Heading to Brands Hatch Mainwaring-Smart has fond memories of the Kent track having claimed a maiden BSB win back in 2014 followed up by a further rostrum in the same race weekend and is targeting a positive end to a difficult 2016.
“As you can imagine I'm really looking forward to it,” Mainwaring-Smart said. “It's been a little while off a motorbike, which wasn't really my choice due to injury. I know it's the last round, which isn't great but it's the right time to come back, my shoulder is strong and my rib has settled down now, and I must thank Rob and Tracy for the opportunity.
“It will be good to get back on a bike that I really do enjoy riding, I really enjoy the Yamaha and I felt like I wanted more time on it, so it will be great to get another run out on it this weekend. I want to do the best I can, I've got to aim for the top ten, and realistically top 15 which is still going to be quite difficult, but I think we can do it.”
Team boss Gary Winfield, who recently confirmed Shaun would race for the team in 2017, has welcomed Mainwaring-Smart to the team with open arms with the Cheshire rider competing alongside Winfield and Rispoli.
“We are delighted to welcome Howie to the team, albeit for the final round,” Winfield said. “There is no pressure on him to succeed, but points should be fully within his reach on a track that he knows, and a bike that he has experience of.
“He performed well back in August and he impressed a lot of people having just jumped on that bike. It will take him time to adjust having not ridden since then, but we all know that he is a quick learner and I'm hoping he will spur on James and Shaun, so we can end the season on a high.”