Prime Factors Racing has signed Steve Plater as team manager ahead of its 2016 move to the Superbike class of the Endurance World Championship and road racing debut in the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

Plater, a winner of BSB, Endurance, NW200 and TT races, will start his new role from the Bol d'or EWC finale in September.

"This is a really exciting opportunity," Plater said. "I'm looking forward to coming on-board with Prime Factors Racing and bringing my experience to this new chapter for the team.

"I've been involved in a managerial position with some various teams before, including the AIM team and Honda Racing, so I'm looking forward to working alongside Bruce [Charman, team principal] - who will no doubt be busy enough on the retail side of Prime Factors!

"Despite being a relatively new team, Prime Factors Racing has already shown their credentials by winning the British Endurance Championship and getting a strong start to their 2015 World Endurance Championship at Le Mans.

"My first tasks will be to arrange our choice of machine, riders, tyres and the like for next year. We've got an idea of where we want to go so I'm looking forward to progressing this over the next few months.

"Then it will be my job to ensure we're shipshape for every race and keeping the staff happy, which is a vital part of ensuring that we achieve our goals for 2016."

Charman added: "Bringing Steve on to help prepare us for 2016 is another exciting step forward for the team and I'm positive it's going to see us achieve further success.

"It's a very big move as we'll not only be stepping up into the Superbike class of the World Endurance Championship but also taking on the challenges of the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT - something I'm particularly looking forward to having never been to either, despite working within motorcycling for many, many years!

"I'm really looking forward to working alongside someone with the skills, pedigree and success that Steve has. The step up is certainly going to be a challenge for the team but it's a very exciting time and one I'm sure we'll excel at."

 

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