Former World Superbike ace Jakub Smrz says he "can't wait" to embark on a new challenge in the MCE British Superbike Championship after joining the Splitlath Redmond Aprilia team.

Smrz, who linked up with Splitlath Racing days after parting company from Liberty Ducati in World Superbikes, will get to grips with the RSV4 machine as the Showdown stage of the series begins in earnest at Assen in two weeks' time.

"Even if I had the possibilities to finish the WSBK season I decided to join Splitlath Redmond for a new adventure in BSB," said Smrz, known as 'Kuba.'

"After the first contact with my new 'family' I got a very good feeling with them and I am very excited about new challenge that will get back my motivation.

"Sure, it won't be easy to be on top in such a difficult championship and a different bike, but we'll do everything to arrive there quickly. I can't wait to race again."

Team co-owner John Dimbylow added: "It is fantastic for us to be able to reveal that Kuba is joining us at Assen.

"He will join Mark Aitchison as our second rider to come from the World Superbike paddock, and like Mark, has certainly proved his skills and talent on the worldwide stage.

"For us, he is another prestigious rider to join us here at Splitlath Redmond. We know he will go very well at Assen and we can't wait to see how he gets on with our Aprilia.

"We are all very excited for the remainder of the season and look forward to welcoming Kuba to the team."

Northern Irishman John Laverty was dropped by the team last week and was replaced at Donington by Australian Supersport champion Troy Herfoss, who finished 19th in race two.


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