Northern Ireland team JMF Millsport Ducati will join the MCE British Superbike Championship in 2014.

The team has enjoyed a successful season in the National Superstock 1000 Championship following a joint venture with Rapido Ducati, with Tristan Palmer bagging a double on the Panigale at Knockhill in Scotland plus a race win at Oulton Park.

Team Rapido Sport Ducati's Matteo Baiocco has also impressed, earning two top ten finishes in the penultimate round at Silverstone.

Team owner James Murray said: "This season we have had success in the Superstock class and we really feel that the time is right now to move forward and commit to the Superbike series because ultimately that is where we want to be.

"The Ducati Panigale has shown real potential and we have seen that as recently as the previous round when Matteo Baiocco claimed two top ten finishes in the dry conditions and against some more established manufacturers in the class.

"We will now look to secure a rider who will be part of our team for 2014 so we can fulfil our ambitions to move to the next level."

MCE British Superbike Championship Series Director Stuart Higgs added: "I am delighted to see that the JMF Millsport team have confirmed their plans to run a team in the Superbike class next season.

"James Murray runs a highly professional team and his desire to progress to the next level makes this a very exciting prospect.

"It was extremely encouraging to see the much increased competiveness of the Ducati Panigale at Silverstone and we will see all six participating manufactures regularly competing at the sharp end."