Former BSB winner and grand prix rider, Sean Emmett, has signed to ride for PR Branson Honda Racing in the 2007 British Superbike championship.

A tough 2006 saw Emmett swap teams and classes, but he still salvaged a dramatic Supersport victory for Lloyd's British Ducati at a wet Croft before a premature end to his season. The experienced Englishman is now looking forward to returning to the premier Superbike class in 2007 and proving he can still race with the best.

"I am looking forward to getting back on the BSB grid and helping the team with their development," said Sean. "I have had several meetings this week with the management at PR, which included a visit to their headquarters and workshop in Liverpool. I was impressed with their set-up and professionalism, the team feels right!

"I would like to thank John [Jameson], Julian [Mosquera] and the other guys at PR for giving me the chance to prove that I am still capable of running with the best that BSB has to offer, as well as getting a chance to do a job I feel so passionate about," he added.

PR Branson Honda and Chris Martin dominated the 2006 BSB Cup championship, for privateer riders, and is looking forward to the challenge of a full BSB class entry with Emmett.

"Part of the long term strategy for PR Racing has always been to enter the BSB championship," explained team principal John Jamesson. "Over the last couple of years we have been working tirelessly in developing the bike and a team that could take us forward.

"2006 saw a lot of development on the Honda machinery (CBR1000RR) as well as the team's infrastructure. This resulted in one of our most successful years in racing, with over 18 podiums and crowned the 2006 BSB Privateer champions.

"Having a rider of Sean's calibre for 2007 means PR Racing will be a serious contender in the championship. We are not under any illusions; we know it will be a challenging year ahead as we step-up to the main championship. With the knowledge and skill Sean brings to the team, we know we have the right formula to be competitive," he added.

Emmett and PR Branson Honda plan to test at various tracks in both the UK and Spain ahead of the 2007 season.