RC Express Racing has expanded to a two-man team for 2016 after confirming Irishman Alan Bonner will join Ivan Lintin in the Bristol-based outfit.
Bonner joins the Devitt Insurance-backed team on the back of a highly successful 2015 TT campaign, which saw him become the fastest ever rider from Southern Ireland to lap the Mountain Course as he took over from the late Martin Finnegan, setting a speed of 127.090mph on his way to 15th in the Senior race.
The 2010 Irish Senior Road Race Champion took 16th place in the solitary Superstock race at this year's North West 200 and was also a double winner in the Superbike class at the Kells Road Races in July.
Now fully recovered from injuries sustained in a qualifying accident at the Ulster Grand Prix, Bonner, who hails from County Meath, will campaign a Kawasaki ZX-10R Superstock machine in all of the 1000cc races at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix road races.
“I'm delighted to be joining Devitt RC Express Racing for 2016,” Bonner said.
“I've admired the team for years and have seen the commitment they have to their riders. They have a very professional set-up and some of the best technical people in the sport working within their team.
“I can't thank them enough or their sponsors for this opportunity, especially Mann Camping. I'd also like to thank all my personal sponsors for supporting me and am looking forward to getting out to Spain with them in early March to start testing.”
Ben Constable, Team Co-owner, added: “I'm really pleased to have Alan on board for the internationals in 2016. Alan has shown great pace this year at the TT becoming the fastest Southern Irishman ever to lap the Mountain Course and was running inside the top 10 in qualifying at the Ulster GP in Superstock, just before his accident.
“With more of a team infrastructure behind him we firmly believe there is a lot more to come from him. His first outing on the ZX10R will be in Spain in March and we can't wait to get going.”