Young gun Andy Reid will replace Davide Giugliano in the Tyco BMW team for the remainder of the 2017 MCE British Superbike season.
Reid gets the call-up after Giugliano parted company with the team after several months out of action following a nasty free practice crash at the second round of the series at Brands Hatch.
23-year-old Reid enjoyed a positive test aboard Tyco’s BMW S1000RR at Kirkistown last week, with team boss Philip Neill impressed with his early performance.
While BSB teams may have been cautious when it came to hiring younger riders in the past, following the success of Luke Mossey, who now leads the 2017 championship, and Jake Dixon, who took his debut double win last time out at Knockhill, it’s now clear that younger talent can flourish in BSB.
“I’m just delighted to have been give this opportunity by TAS Racing and Tyco BMW to finally join the British Superbike grid," said Reid. "I’m coming in as a rookie with a clean slate, so I’m coming with an open mind and ready to learn from an experienced team. They are a team I have always admired and yeah, I’m pretty excited if I’m honest. It will be a steep learning curve, but again I have confidence in my ability to learn, but I also know it’s not all about week one; this is a work in progress and I can’t wait to get started.”
Team boss Philip Neill added: "It’s clear that Andy has an abundance of talent and for various reasons, he maybe hasn’t landed a British title that he so richly deserved. It’s talent that we are always looking to invest in and the fact that this young lad has impressed me on a personal level, with his obvious ability and desire, both on and off the track, played a big part in making this happen.
“Even when he didn’t have a ride in the British championship paddock, he made the effort to be there every race weekend, keeping himself in the spotlight and to the forefront of people’s minds. That’s not an easy thing to do as a rider and can only be done by someone who is highly motivated. He’s a young lad with a bright future. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”
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