Morello Racing Kawasaki has announced that John Ingram will move up to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, replacing Peter Baker.

'The Ram' will make his return this weekend at Snetterton, stepping-up from the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship where he contested the opening two rounds for the team.

Ingram previously raced in BSB during the final two rounds of 2007, for SMT Yamaha.

"I'm over the moon to be given this chance, in fact I was a bit shocked when Steve [Buckenham, team owner] asked me if I would ride the Superbike, it's such a great opportunity for me. I want to help move the bike forward for Steve and the team because they've all worked so hard this year," said Ingram.

"My aim at Snetterton is to just get a feel for the bike and then start to move it on from where it's been so far. I want to do a better job, and I believe I can. Basically we've got to get out there, see where we are and look to get further up the order as soon as possible. My first aim is just to get a point, and then on from there.

"I have to thank Steve and everyone at Morello Racing for this opportunity, and I hope I can give them the results they deserve."

Buckenham added: "I'm delighted to have been able to get John on the Superbike. He's a very good rider and brings a lot of experience.

"Obviously we are disappointed that Peter is no longer with us, but we wish him well for the future. Now we need to concentrate on helping John get the job done. We're looking forward to Snetterton and hope this will be the big turning point in the season for Morello Racing."

Ingram will be replaced on the Superstock machine for the Snetterton round by Hungarian rider David Juhasz, a former Hungarian Superstock champion.