When RivaMoto lines up on the grid for the second round of the 2011 World Supersport Championship at Donington Park, it will make history by becoming the first all-Russian team to compete full-time at this level.
The outfit first made its debut in 2010 with rider Eduard Blokhin, the 38-year-old entering five events, though he only qualified for three and failed to score any points.
Nonetheless, RivaMoto is pressing on with its plans for a two-rider entry for Blokhin and Oleg Pozdneev, who will compete aboard Yamaha YZF-R6s.
For team manager Andrey Ivanov, though he is aware of the difficulties facing his inexperienced squad, he hopes it will spur other Russians to embracing motorsport.
"This project is very interesting for our team,” he said. “We are really looking forward to become a part of the World Supersport Championship again. We have a great motivation for this season, and we are ready to work hard to achieve consistent results. We are proud to participate in such a high level racing competition.”
"I'm happy with the opportunity to be here and ride on a really high level,” added Pozdneev. “I believe that our experience will help Russian teams and in the future we can see them on the international stage. For sure it also contributes to the popularization of professional racing in Russia.”
This year's World Supersport Championship has seen an influx of Eastern European interest, most notably the Polish-run Bogdanka PTR team, the Hungarian Team Toth outfit, the Ukrainian-backed Step Racing and Slovenian Marko Jerman's eponymous Triumph squad.
There are also plans for the previously announced Romanian-backed PTR Romania to make an appearance at some stage in the season.