Bradley Ray will make his MCE British Superbike championship debut in 2017 as he steps up from the British Supersport series with new team Buildbase Suzuki.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise up the ranks since his stint in the Red Bull Rookies Cup having come through the National Superstock 600 series and British 125cc championship before an eye-catching rookie British Supersport campaign which saw him finish third in the riders' championship having claimed six wins along the way in 2016.
The former Moto2 world championship wildcard rider is relishing the move up to BSB and the challenge of a steep learning curve on the all-new GSX-R1000 with Buildbase Suzuki.
“I am really excited about moving up into the Superbike class; it will be a totally new experience for me and I can't wait to get started,” Ray said. “We had a good season in Supersport last year and I felt I learnt a lot. I am expecting it to be tough moving into the Superbike championship, but it's important to make the step up now.
“Suzuki have put a lot of work into the new bike and I am looking forward to our first test. I want to get my head down, learn together with the team and hopefully surprise a few people before the end of my first season.”
Buildbase Suzuki team boss Chandler Warren-Gray is thrilled to secure one of the brightest young British talents in the BSB paddock and is confident the 19-year-old will be able to adapt with ease.
“We're delighted to have Brad join the Buildbase Suzuki team for 2017,” Warren-Gray said. “Following his successes in the Dickies British Supersport Championship last year we feel this is the right time for him to make the step up the Superbike class and we want to help make that move as easy as possible with a great team and a great bike behind him.
“He is one of the brightest young talents in UK racing at the moment and it's what the championship needs; we are confident in what Brad can achieve and look forward to kicking things off at Donington Park.”