The Shaun Muir Racing-prepared Milwaukee BMW team has announced a prominent partnership deal with Gulf Oil ahead of its much anticipated first World Superbike test outing this week.

Fresh from its title-winning British Superbike Championship success with Josh Brookes and Yamaha, SMR Milwaukee will step up to the international stage in 2016 with the Australian rider and ex-MotoGP rider Karel Abraham riding BMW machinery.

With the S1000RRs constructed this week ahead of their first track outing in Jerez, Milwaukee BMW has reinforced its commitment to World Superbikes by announcing a three year deal to use Gulf Oil as partner and lubricant supplier - a first appearance for the company in WSBK

"This is a very exciting time for the entire team, riders and sponsors," said team owner Shaun Muir. "The final piece in the jigsaw has come together with the signing of Gulf. Obviously a partnership with a global lubes and fuels company is essential for any WorldSBK team, and we look forward to the benefits that working with Gulf and its products will bring.

"The Gulf partnership - with fuel stations in 21 countries and lubricant business in over 100 countries - gives the team a truly global partnership and I feel we now have all the ingredients needed to mount a serious challenge in the World Superbike Championship.

"No one is underestimating the size of the challenge, but we are ready and we are focused. The guys have put in an enormous amount of hours and effort to get to this position, and we can't wait to get on track now."

Brookes and Abraham will run without any livery for the ''unofficial' pre-season tests, with the team instead waiting until 25th February - the day before the WSBK opener at Phillip Island gets underway - to fully reveal its bikes.

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