Kyle Smith will remain in the World Supersport Championship next season after penning a deal with the PTR-run CIA Landlords Insurance Honda team for 2016.

The Englishman stepped up to the Supersport class in 2015 with PATA Honda, concluding his season with an impressive maiden victory on the CBR600RR in Qatar to end the year fifth overall.

The win came just days after it was confirmed he had been dropped from the Ten Kate Racing outfit in favour of PJ Jacobsen, only to sign with Simon Buckmaster's PTR team on the eve of the race.

"I am delighted to be racing for CIA Landlords Insurance Honda in the 2016 World Supersport Championship. I signed with the team and then finished this season with a win, which sets me up for a great winter. I can't wait to get my first ride on the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda and the 2016 season starts now for me - I want to be challenging for the title."

With title backing from CIA Landlords Insurance, PTR endured an indifferent 2015 season with a four rider line-up led by Gino Rea, who ended the season sixth in the standings.

"We had been in discussions with Honda for some time about Kyle joining our team. It was good to complete the deal on Saturday night and Kyle celebrated by going out and winning the race the next day. He knows the Honda CBR600RR and will fit very well with the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda team. We have high hopes together and can't wait to get racing with him and see what we can do."



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