Former World Supersport and Moto2 World Championship rider Gino Rea will race in the BSB championship next season with the all-new OMG Racing team.
Despite his podium success at World Championship level it will be the first time the London based rider has competed on a superbike.
Rea will be riding the new Suzuki GSX-R1000, which has already proved to have great potential in the championship.
Rea said: "I am so excited to join OMG Racing and to compete in the British Superbike Championship. I have wanted to make the step up onto a Superbike for several years now but the right package hasn't presented itself, until now.
“The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 has huge potential having already won a race in BSB, so combined with the team’s acquirement of Ray Stringer as my crew chief; I jumped at this opportunity to make my move into the Superbike category. I know how important it is to not only have a good bike, but also the right people around a rider and I feel those boxes are ticked with OMG Racing.
The former European Superstock 600 champion is relishing the opportunity to compete in front of British fans.
“There is a lot for me to learn as I've never raced in BSB, the bike, the circuits, the format etc, but it's a breath of fresh air and a challenge that I'm looking forward to. The Championship is one I have followed closely for many years and it's the best domestic series in the World. Whilst competing in the World Championship I would usually only get one chance per year to race on home soil, so it's going to be a great feeling to race in front of the British fans more often!
Team Manager Paul Curran commented: “We are delighted to bring Gino into the British Superbike Championship after many successful years of competing at World Championship level of motorcycle racing.
Rea will be joined in the garage by Ben Luxton who will compete in the Superstock 1000 class.
“We are excited to be working with the new GSXR1000 as I myself at PCR Performance have been developing the bike since February of this year and we also have the very experienced Ray Stringer as Superbike crew chief.
“We have an extensive winter testing schedule so we can come to the first round fighting fit! It is going to a very interesting and exciting year.”
Rea and the team will make their much anticipated debut in the championship when the season gets underway at Donington Park on the 31st March 2018.