JG Speedfit Kawasaki sign Peter Hickman for BSB 2016

The Louth-based rider will also spearhead the team's road racing campaign

PETER Hickman has been signed by the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team alongside James Ellison to compete in the 2016 British Superbike Championship on the new ZX-10R.

The Louth-based rider will be gunning for the 2016 BSB title with his new team after a strong 2015 season saw him claim three podium finishes and equal his best position of ninth place in the overall standings.

Hickman said: 'I am really excited to be joining the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, especially as we have the new ZX-10R to be let loose on and it looks like a real weapon!

'I am really looking forward to this new challenge and to be part of the official Kawasaki team in BSB for me is like a dream come true - I can't wait to get started. For sure this is the biggest opportunity I have ever had in the championship and I am ready to do the best job I possibly can for myself and the team.'

Speaking at the first test in Aragon, Hickman explained: 'It has been a really good day and it was great to get back out on track. Today was all about just getting used to the Kawasaki, and initially about learning the track as I have never been to Aragon before.

'I did about 40 laps today and I instantly felt really comfrotable on the bike. We have a good idea on a starting point now and I can't wait until we are back on track again at Jerez!'

The 28-year-old also had a great 2015 road racing season, becoming the eighth fastest rider in Isle of Man TT history and taking his first victory at the Ulster Grand Prix three months ago.

As a result, Hickman and the JG Speedfit are set to compete at the three main international road races in 2016 - the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix - on factory-supported GBmoto ZX-10R Kawasakis in the Superstock and Superbike races.

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