Andy Reid is set for his MCE British Superbike championship debut after signing a deal at Tyco BMW to become Davide Giugliano's replacement for the remainder of the 2017 season.

The former British Supersport race winner and National Superstock 600 championship runner-up will join up with the Northern Irish squad this weekend at Snetterton which hosts round five of the season.

Reid replaces Giugliano as Christian Iddon's team-mate after the Italian came to a mutual agreement to leave the team despite only joining during the winter.

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Reid is thrilled to be handed the chance having been without a ride so far in 2017 and is keen to impress on his BSB debut for the experienced team.

"I'm just delighted to have been give this opportunity by TAS Racing and Tyco BMW to finally join the British Superbike grid," Reid said. "I'm coming in as a rookie with a clean slate, so I'm coming with an open mind and ready to learn from an experienced team.

"They are a team I have always admired and yeah, I'm pretty excited if I'm honest. It will be a steep learning curve, but again I have confidence in my ability to learn, but I also know it's not all about week one; this is a work in progress and I can't wait to get started."

Tyco BMW boss Philip Neill says he's always seen the outright talent Reid possesses and has been impressed by the 23-year-old's attitude after he found himself without a ride at the start of 2017.

"It's clear that Andy has an abundance of talent and for various reasons, he maybe hasn't landed a British title that he so richly deserved," Neill said. "It's talent that we are always looking to invest in and the fact that this young lad has impressed me on a personal level, with his obvious ability and desire, both on and off the track, played a big part in making this happen.

"Even when he didn't have a ride in the British championship paddock, he made the effort to be there every race weekend, keeping himself in the spotlight and to the forefront of people's minds. That's not an easy thing to do as a rider and can only be done by someone who is highly motivated.

"He's a young lad with a bright future. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together."

Reid's new team-mate Iddon still faces a race against time to be fit for the Snetterton round on the 30th June - 2nd July after being forced out of the Knockhill round due to a free practice crash.

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This lad is really quick and talented, and a nice guy to boot. Glad to see he's getting an opportunity to showcase his skills

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Good shout, he's a talented rider was always surprised he didn't have a ride for this year!!!

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Didn't see that one coming. I had an idea that he might have taken over Taz's ride in Supersport as he's a proven winner there. I do agree that he's far too good to be sitting out this season without a ride and I hope he takes the rest of the year to get up to speed on a superbike.

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Epic news :-)

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