Tommy Hill, the 2011 MCE British Superbike champion, will return to the BSB paddock in 2015, but not as a racer. Hill is instead set to launch a two-rider team alongside Alan Greig, team owner and manager of the AP Kawasaki Superstock team, and Be Wiser Insurance.
Running Kawasaki machinery and supported by Kawasaki UK, Hill will take on a senior role within the team as he seeks to become one of a select few to take a British title as racer and team boss. The team had been in talks with rival manufacturers including BMW and Yamaha before deciding to go the route of the green machines.
Hill, whose plans to launch the team in 2014 fell through after failing to secure full sponsorship, said: “This has been an ambition of mine for the past year, and something I have felt very passionate about being a part of. I will be heavily involved in most aspects of the management and team structure, as well as ensuring that the team provides a strong platform for any rider, team technician or team partner to be a part of. Working with the Be Wiser brand as an ambassador this year has also been a great way for me to understand the company and how committed they are to our new project.”
“Be Wiser has been a great partner to the AP Kawasaki team in recent years, and they have all done a great job running their team with good results. With the Be Wiser brand now wanting to move up to British Superbikes, I am fully devoted to helping them make the transition be successful on and off the track along with all our new team partners.”
Alan Greig added: “This is such an exciting opportunity for all of us involved. The new team has managed to secure a fantastic level of support from Be Wiser Insurance as a title sponsor and Dickies as an associate sponsor. We also have other sponsors already on board and we are still in discussion with others. We have already consulted with many technical partners to support the team and have agreed terms with Nick Morgan of MSS Performance to provide technical support and engine management. With Tommy Hill’s involvement I have no doubt we will be a very competitive team from the off.”
The team have yet to agree terms with any riders, but an announcement is planned following the end of the BSB season in late October.