British Superstock 1000 champion Josh Elliott has joined Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team to defend his title in 2016.
The Ballinamallard lad joins British Superbike riders Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon in the TAS Racing set-up, with Ian Hutchinson also due to contest the Superstock 1000 series in addition to the international road races next year.
Elliott came out on top of a season-long battle with Alastair Seeley to win the crown this year on the Morello Kawasaki and although he had hoped to seal a move to BSB, the 21-year-old will bid to retain his title and stake his claim for a Superbike ride with Philip Neill’s Moneymore-based team in 2017.
“I’m over the moon to be joining Tyco BMW for next season, especially after getting to see the strength of the BMW S1000RR package first hand this season battling with Alastair [Seeley],” Elliott said.
“Even though I won the championship this year, I was constantly thinking to myself, ‘what more could I have achieved on that package,’ as I felt I had to ride that extra bit harder to deliver results.
“I do believe in my own ability and I’m itching to get going now. The TAS Racing team has a lot of history and I’ve always looked up to them over the years being from Northern Ireland, so to now be part of the set-up is just fantastic.”
Elliott has been drafted into the team as part of a new TAS Racing directive to invest in young talent with the support of BMW Motorrad and Tyco Security Products.
Team boss Philip Neill said: “We are very pleased to welcome Josh into our team for 2016. His pedigree shone through this year and we got to see it first hand battling with him for the championship, so we are now eager to see how he performs on the Tyco BMW S1000RR.
“Whilst our main priority is to win the British Superbike title, everyone involved with Tyco BMW was particularly keen to invest in some young talent in 2016,” he added.
“Taking that into consideration, we really do see Josh as a future Superbike star, but look forward to helping him defend his Superstock 1000cc title with the number one plate on the Tyco BMW next season.”
Tyco BMW recently confirmed that Guy Martin would continue racing with the team next year following speculation over his future, stating that an announcement on his schedule would be upcoming.