Former MotoGP rider Bryan Staring will compete in the World Supersport Championship in 2014 after inking a late deal to join Russian outfit Rivamoto.
The Australian, who participated in the MotoGP World Championship last season aboard the CRT-specification Gresini Honda, will make a return to the paddock this season having formerly established himself as a race winner at Superstock 1000 level, even if this deal marks his first foray into Supersport competition.
Staring's deal with the Russian-based, Jeremy McWilliams-helmed Rivamoto outfit comes despite the team being omitted from the provisional WSS entry list published last month.
Nonetheless, Staring, who will ride Honda CBR600RR machinery, confirms he will compete in the opening round of the season at Phillip Island in little more than a week's time.
“After what's been a very long summer to secure my position for 2014 racing season, it's better late than never to have a place on the grid at Phillip Island. I'm happy and relieved to have this opportunity with Rivamoto in World Supersport this year.
“It's a category I've always had my eye on. Although it's been many years since I've ridden a 600, I'm sure I can rely on all the experience in my bank to get me through the event with the best possible result. I really look forward to working with Jeremy McWilliams and the professional team at Rivamoto.”
Though Staring struggled on the uncompetitive Gresini Honda in MotoGP last season, McWilliams is certain the experience gained coupled to his race-winning credentials in the SSTK 1000 series will stand him in good stead for this new challenge.
“We are a little late in announcing our plans for this year, but I am delighted that we have a rider of Bryan's calibre joining the Rivamoto team for 2014. Bryan has shown his talent within the WSBK paddock and undoubtedly learnt a lot from his season in Moto GP. I am confident that Bryan and the Rivamoto team will have a lot to smile about as the year progresses.”
Rivamoto enjoyed its strongest season of WSS competition yet in 2013, with Jack Kennedy ending the year seventh overall.