British youngster Kyle Ryde has announced he is stepping up to the World Supersport Championship in 2016 following a series of eye-catching performances in 2015.

The 18 year-old finished runner-up to Luke Stapleford in his first season of British Supersport Championship competition aboard the Racedays Yamaha, but it was his surprise podium finish during a wild-card World SSP appearance at Donington Park that drew praise from the likes of riders and teams, including four-time champion Kenan Sofuoglu.

For 2016, Ryde revealed on his Twitter account that he will be stepping up to the international stage full-time this year, but says he cannot reveal the team or bike just yet.

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Linked to a ride with 2013 World SSP champion Yakhnich Motorsport - which is tipped to return in 2016 after announcing a title partnership deal with the Octo Pramac MotoGP team this week -, Ryde will follow Stapleford in switching to the world stage after the BSS champion inked a deal with CIA Landlords Insurance Honda.

In addition, fellow Brits Kyle Smith and Stefan Hill will partner Stapleford at the PTR-run squad, while Gino Rea will ride an MV Agusta with GRT Racing.