Former Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP race winner Toni Elias has been confirmed as the first rider to join the new JR Racing BMW team for 2015.

The Spaniard switched to World Superbikes towards the end of the 2013 season aboard a Red Devils Roma Aprilia, where he remained in 2014, but will next year ride a BMW S1000RR for the newly created JR Racing team, which will have former world champion Troy Corser involved as sporting director.

Indeed, having concluded his first full season of WSBK racing in a positive ninth place overall, Elias is confident the switch to JR BMW will give him the chance to fight for regular podiums.

"I will be again in the WSBK paddock next year and I'm very happy to be joining the JR Racing Team and to be riding a BMW machine," he said. "It's a great opportunity for me to grow as a rider in this championship and to make another step closer to the front of the field. We have to wait and see what it'll be like, only time will tell if that's a good or a bad decision.

"Right now I think 2015 will be the best season for me and I'm looking forward to some strong results with the team. It is a new squad entering the series, which is really good, the bike is very competitive and I'm happy to be working with a double World Champion and WSBK icon such as Troy Corser. I cannot wait to get started."

JR Racing announced plans to join World Superbikes at Magny-Cours, with two-time champion Corser confirmed as taking on sporting director duties and Gemma Voces-Pons becoming team manager.

JR BMW will compete under the Dominican Republic flag in a nod to team owner Yoselyn Robinson.



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