CIA Landlords Insurance Honda has completed its four strong rider line-up for the 2016 World Supersport Championship with the signing of Japanese youngster Hikari Okubo.

Having already confirmed a trio of British riders in WSS race winner Kyle Smith, British champion Luke Stapleford and Stefan Hill, Okubo will make the move from the Japanese domestic racing scene to the world stage.

The 22 year-old finished third in the Japanese Superstock 600 Championship on Honda machinery, as well as make his Moto3 World Championship debut at his home Motegi round.

"Thank you to CIA Landlord Insurance, Honda and Simon Buckmaster for giving me this opportunity to race in the World Championship in 2016," Okubo comments. "It will be a big learning experience but I hope to compete well and get good results. This is a big step for my career and I am confident with the team and motorcycle."

"Hikari is a promising young Japanese racer who is looking to break into World Championship racing," adds Team Manager Simon Buckmaster. "He visited the team workshops last week to sign the contract and is super keen. It will be a big step up for him, but he has talent and determination. He also now has a bike and team that he can rely on and it will be good to see how far he progresses in 2016."

Okubo will become the first full-time World Supersport rider since veteran Katsuaki Fujiwara retired at the end of the 2010 season.



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