Former champions HM Plant Honda have ended speculation of a switch to World Superbikes next season after confirming they will remain in the British Championship for 2009.

The Louth-based team have been central to many rumours regarding next season's World Superbike grid, but speculation that they might run a team in 2009 has been ended with news that they will stay where they are.

This comes despite the team's impressive display at world level this weekend, one that saw them challenging the frontrunners throughout practice and qualifying ahead of Cal Crutchlow claiming a podium finish in the second race.

However, according to the official British Superbike website, neither Crutchlow nor Leon Haslam, who currently lie fourth and third respectively in the BSB standings, have been confirmed at this current time.

Meanwhile, both Haslam and Crutchlow will get a second chance to shine on the world stage as they will travel to the final World Superbike round of the season at Portimao, Portugal for their second wild-card event.

An official announcement is due tomorrow