RICH OMG Racing swap to Yamaha, keep Ray and Ryde for 2022 BSB

OMG Racing splits with BMW to become a Yamaha partner for the 2022 British Superbike Championship (BSB), re-signs Bradley Ray and Kyle Ryde

OMG Racing Yamaha, Kyle Ryde, Bradley Ray [credit: Ian Hopgood]

RICH Energy OMG Racing has announced it will swap to Yamaha machinery for the 2022 British Superbike Championship (BSB) and field an unchanged rider line-up of Bradley Ray and Kyle Ryde.

The ambitious privateer team - which first entered BSB in 2018 - only joined forces with current suppliers BMW at the start of the 2020 BSB season but hasn’t been able to match the race-winning peak of 2019 when it scored a famous win at Silverstone with Josh Elliot on a Suzuki GSX-R1000R.

Having just missed out on its first-ever BSB Title Showdown berth by only a few points after Ray was bumped out by Josh Brookes in the deciding Silverstone race, OMG Racing will embark on a fresh challenge in 2022 by taking on Yamaha R1 machinery.

The dominant force in BSB this season - and also in WorldSBK where it is leading with Toprak Razgatlioglu - Yamaha heads into this weekend’s Brands Hatch finale with Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran in a 1-2 position for an effective four-way title showdown.

Having joined the team at the start of the year, Ray and Ryde will get a second season with OMG Racing, while Billy McConnell also stays in the set-up for a Superstock 1000 title tilt. 

“The RICH Energy OMG Racing team are delighted at the opportunity to work with Yamaha for 2022,” said Team Principal Paul Curran. “With the invaluable support of Steve Rodgers and McAMS Yamaha, the agreement for the team to run fully supported Yamaha R1 motorcycles sees a bright future for the whole team.

“After the decision to move to Yamaha was taken, retaining Brad, Kyle, and Billy, was key to our 2022 challenge. We firmly believe that they will benefit from the proven race-winning pedigree of the Yamaha R1. 

“We’re excited to see both the bikes and riders on track at the earliest opportunity. Thank you to Yamaha Motor UK and Steve Rodgers of Raceways Motorcycles for their support in making it all happen. We’re looking forward to an exciting future in partnership with them both.”