Italian Riccardo Russo has signed for the PTR-run CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team in the 2015 World Supersport Championship.

The 22-year-old made his WSS debut in 2013, finishing 14th overall, before a split-season of WSS (Lorini) and WSBK (Pedercini) this year.

A four-time winner in the Superstock 600 class, Russo is setting similar goals for 2015.

"I am very happy to have signed for CIA Landlord Insurance Honda in 2015, this is the break that I need and have been working towards," Russo said. "I have had long conversations with Simon Buckmaster and know the [PTR Honda] is a quick bike, I've raced against it enough!

"I can't wait to get testing and racing, our aim together is to fight for the top three in the World Championship and win races."

Team manager Simon Buckmaster added: "I have been talking with Riccardo all through 2014 and really like his approach and undoubted talent. He is hungry for success and so is CIA Landlord Insurance Honda.

"We will be testing together ahead of the race season but Riccardo has experience on a CBR600 already, so we have a starting point and it will not be completely new to him. Realistically I think he can get into the top three in the Championship; I think he is that good and can't wait to get racing with him."

Russo will be joined by three to-be-announced team-mates. "Other racers will join him at CIA Landlords Insurance Honda and we will announce them soon," Buckmaster added.

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