Splitlath Redmond Racing have signed Australian rider Mark Aitchison for the second half of the British Superbike season, starting with this weekend's meeting at Brands Hatch. Aitchison, who made a one-off BSB debut with Quattro Plant Kawasaki, replaces Florian Marino and is impressed by the set-up of the Aprilia-powered squad.

“I'm very much looking forward to joining the Splitlath Redmond team at Brands Hatch. The team is new and ambitious and after a lot of talks I am excited about the prospect of working with Tom Larsen and the rest of the crew.

“Having followed the team's progress I believe that they are moving in the right direction and I feel together we can make some huge steps with the development of the RSV4 and start getting it up towards the sharp end.

“I enjoyed my first BSB outing at Oulton Park. This is a fierce championship with some very strong and talented riders and I am raring to get out there and start working with the Aprilia this weekend at Brands Hatch.”

Team Co-Owner John Dimbylow sees Aitchison as the ideal rider to take the team forward and looks forward to seeing what he can produce alongside John Laverty.

“We're all thrilled to have a rider of Mark's calibre joining us at Splitlath Redmond. He has a proven track record, and in his rookie World Superbike season last year he qualified for Superpole six times.

“His attitude and skills are perfect for what we are working to achieve as we develop the Aprilia into a front-running bike. This is new and exciting time for us as we enter the second half of the season and we feel Mark is the ideal rider to make this journey with us.”