Australian racer Mark Willis will ride the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the British Superbike Championship at the next round at Snetterton on June 2nd in place of the injured Karl Harris.

The 26-year-old racer has tasted life at the top in Grand Prix racing and has raced for Suzuki in the Australian Superbike Championship in the past, making him an ideal stand-in rider for Harris who is recovering from a broken left wrist sustained at Oulton Park earlier this month.

Willis, who competed for the Pulse GP team in 2001 but was without a ride in 2002, will possibly fill in for Harris at the following Brands Hatch and Rockingham rounds in the British series as well, while the gritty Yorkshireman Harris battles back to race fitness.

Harris said: "I wish Mark the best of luck on the GSX-R1000 and will be supporting him from the sidelines. He has a lot of experience and I'm sure he'll do well. But to be honest, I can't wait to get back on the bike and race myself."

Team manager Paul Denning noted: "We are pleased to have agreed terms with Mark Willis to stand in for Karl while he recovers from his injuries."

"We are lucky to be able to find a rider of Mark's calibre to stand in at such short notice. He has tested and raced the Suzuki GP bike before and was very competitive - which shows his talent. He has also raced Suzuki GSX-R750s in the Australian Superbike Championship, so he's not totally new to the sort of machinery we use."

"I have no doubt he will be able to help us develop the GSX-R1000 into the race-winner we know it will be. It's great to have him in the team and hopefully when Karl returns, he'll be in a stronger position to fight for podiums and wins every weekend."