WILTSHIRE racer Tommy Bridewell will have a new team of the new British Superbike Championship season after signing for GR Motosport.

The 2017 campaign with be Bridewell’s 10th in the competition and he will tackle it on board a brand-new Kawasaki ZX-10RR after switching from Bennetts Suzuki.

The 28-year-old, from Etchilhampton, near Devizes, has signed a deal with Sheffield-based GR Motosport managing director Brent Gladwin to ride the Team WD-40 Superbike, continuing the long association for title sponsors WD-40 as well as support from Kawasaki UK for the 12-round series.

Bridewell, who is a twice BSB race winner, was a podium finisher at Oulton Park last season and also set a pole position at the final round at Brands Hatch, eventually finishing 11th in the final standings.

He returns to Kawasaki following a successful spell in 2013 aboard the Halsall Kawasaki, which resulted in two podiums.

“I’m delighted to be teaming up with Brent and especially pleased to be riding for Kawasaki once again so I’m really looking forward to the season,” said Bridewell.

“I know the team has pushed the boat out to ensure I have a really competitive package and that’s the main reason I’m here.

“They are as determined as me for success and with the help which Kawasaki are giving us, and the reputation on new the ZX-10RR which came so close to winning the title last year, I intend to be challenging from the start.”

GR Motosport MD Gladwin added: “As soon as we started talking with Tommy, there was no one else we wanted on the bike and I’m delighted he’s joined us.

“We know we have a great team and the new Kawasaki ZX10-RR, with the support from Kawasaki, will help us immensely.

“Be in no doubt, we are here to challenge for the title and with Tommy and Kawasaki, I believe we can do that.”

The opening round of the 2017 British Superbike Championship takes place at Donington Park from March 30.