Rob Mac Racing has confirmed its expanded British Superbike line-up for 2009 after revealing that Chris Walker and Michael Rutter will be joined in the team by Graeme Gowland.
Although it was announced yesterday that Rutter and North West 200 would switch allegiance from Ducati to Yamaha in 2009 as part of their collaboration with Rob Mac Racing, it hasn't altered their plans to enter two riders under new sponsor Motorpoint/Henderson.
As such, BSB stalwart Walker will be joined by 22-year-old Gowland, who will ride the Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha after a season spent in the World Supersport Championship. Before that, Gowland enjoyed success in the 2006 R6 Cup, taking three wins in the final four rounds, ahead of winning the 2007 Spanish Supersport title.
Indeed, while Walker and Rutter provide the team with a wealth of experience, Gowland's arrival is part of a scheme to promote young, up and coming British riders.
Their endeavour is further emphasised by the decision to compete in the British Supersport Championship with former British 125 and 250GP contender Dan Linfoot. Like Rutter, he will race under the NW200 banner.
With that in mind, Rob McElnea is thrilled with his new look team for 2009, which includes bold sponsors and an enticing rider line-up.
"This is the most excited my team have been for many years, the brand new R1 has us all fired up and now to be able to announce our new rider line up really sets up a nice Christmas! Chris Walker and Michael Rutter will be both very serious title contenders, their experience and consistency will prove to be the major part to our success and at the same time help develop our young riders.
“It has been a very tricky time of late to put this team together and I really want to thank all of our partners new and old for lifting the spirits of my team and giving me a chance to put this show on the road. Gary Warren (Motorpoint) and Joe Henderson (Henderson) will be in the blue corner with Chris and Graeme, with Alistair Kennedy (NW200) in the red corner with Michael and Dan."
"Motorpoint is delighted to be involved in motor sports, and in particular British Superbikes,” added Gary Warren, managing director of Motorpoint. “It is a sport that everyone in the company has followed avidly since its inception and it would be an understatement to say we can't wait for the new season to start.
“We're also thrilled to have Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland onboard. They are two of the most exciting riders around and I am confident they will do extremely well for us in 2009."
Ensuring that at least five Yamahas will be present on the 2009 BSB grid, Rob Mac Racing are planning a series of tests before the start of the season in April.