Reigning British Supersport Champion Luke Stapleford will step up to the world championship in 2016 with the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda team, it has been confirmed.

The youngster, who clinched the 2015 BSS title with 14 wins from 24 races on a Profile Racing Triumph, will join what is currently an all-British line-up at the PTR-run team alongside Kyle Smith and Stefan Hill.

It will be Stapleford's first season racing in the world championship and follows on from an eye-catching wild-card outing on his Triumph at Donington Park where he finished sixth.

"I am happy to be signing for CIA Landlord Insurance Honda and can't wait to get going. I did a wildcard ride at Donington Park this year and finished sixth, but it should have been better if it wasn't for some issues with my bike. I think I should have been fighting for the podium there.

"At the tracks I know I want to be racing with the front guys - Donington, Assen, Valencia. I am not going to WSS to make up the numbers. But I do have a lot of tracks to learn and some look difficult, like the Thai round.

"Friday first practice will be difficult at the new tracks but hopefully by the time I get to the race on Sunday I'll be up to speed. I am targeting the top six in the Championship in my first year.

"Tristan Palmer, who has been with me this year, will join me as my Chief Mechanic which is great. The Honda CBR600RR may be a different bike but it's good to have people I know and trust with me.

"A big thank you to CIA Landlord Insurance and Profile Logistics for helping to make this happen. I can't wait to get testing now."

With three British riders now confirmed, team manager Simon Buckmaster says a fourth and final rider will be announced soon

"We are delighted to sign Luke to the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team for 2016. With Luke alongside Kyle Smith I believe it is our strongest line up since 2012.

"Right from the start we expect Kyle and Luke to be racing at the sharp end, they are both quality riders with the ability to win races and mix it at the top of the World Championship.

"We will announce our fourth and final rider shortly. We are now focusing on developing our CBR600RR ahead of testing in the New Year. We are looking forward to the 2016 season with great excitement already."


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