Maximilian Scheib will join the 2020 World Superbike grid having signed for Orelac Racing VerdNatura.

The former European Superstock 1000 rider clinched this year’s Spanish Superbike title ahead of Christophe Ponsson and in the process has caught the eye of the World Superbike team.

The Chilean made a fleeting World Superbike debut back in 2018 with a two-round appearance for MV Agusta in Argentina and Qatar as replacement for Jordi Torres taking one points finish, and is naturally relishing the opportunity of a full season in the top class.

“It is a dream come true, so much that it is hard for me to assimilate it, being in SBK in 2020 is something that I have to thank both José Calero and the entire Orelac Racing structure,” Scheib said. “They have thought of me and trusting my talent I am very excited about this adventure and I want to start now as soon as possible.

“This will be a year without pressure, but clearly, I have my expectations I want to start calm but working hard in the preseason, I don’t know the layout of Phillip Island and I know that both there and in Qatar the rivals will be very strong, but when I get to Europe I can show all my talent.”

With Orelac’s former rider Leandro Mercado moving to Motocorsa Racing Ducati, the team will remain a one-rider effort in 2020. Scheib’s deal also sees just one full-time ride left to fill on next year’s World Superbike grid which is alongside Takumi Takahashi at Althea MIE Honda.



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