Former British Supersport runner-up Kyle Ryde will make the full-time move to the MCE British Superbike championship in 2018 with former team Craig Fitzpatrick Motorsport.

Ryde finished second to Luke Stapleford in the 2015 British Supersport with the CF Motorsport-run Pacedayz European TrackDays Yamaha squad, while also impressing on his World Supersport debut with third place as a wildcard at Donington Park, which led to him joining the championship permanently in 2016.

After two solid seasons Ryde eventually saw his deal with Puccetti Kawasaki come to an end two rounds before the end of the 2017 World Supersport campaign but made a BSB wildcard appearance at the final round at Brands Hatch in October.

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Teaming up with former squad CF Motorsport, the 20-year-old will make the switch to BSB in 2018 on a Yamaha YZF-R1 and is relishing the step up to Superbike machinery.

“I am really happy to have this opportunity to join the CF Motorsport team in BSB next season,” Ryde said. “We have had success together in the past and I feel that we can go into this season and keep learning and moving forward.

“I had my first experience in Superbike last season and I really want to really take this opportunity and make the most of it. We have time to test and prepare for the new season and because we have worked together before it definitely makes it easier for me in my first season in BSB. I can’t wait to get started.”

Team owner Fitzpatrick is thrilled to welcome back familiar face Ryde to make the team’s debut in BSB and is confident he has a strong all-round package to quickly get up to speed.

“Everyone involved with the CF Motorsport team are excited to be making the move in to the premier class to join the BSB grid in 2018; it feels like the dream team are back together,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We are all really looking forward to the new challenge that a change of championship brings and we are delighted and to have Kyle back. BSB is something we have wanted to do now for many years and we now feel it’s time to make the move. As a team we have had already had some of our best times with Kyle and we hope to pick up where we left off in 2015.”

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Glad he’s not without a ride. Hopefully a stepping stone for bigger opportunities in the future.

anyone know what Luke Stapleford is up to for 2018?

Im surprised he wasnt quicker in WSS. Different bike to Sofuoglu perhaps ?

Yes me too. RE bikes, no idea! Bit of a strange setup there in ome ways, I think - in so far as him bedding in kenan's leathers / gloves / boots etc for him at the start of the season! Guess it was apprenticeship. Good tem mate to learn from though, that's for sure