BSB newcomers GBmoto have signed Luke Quigley to complete their rider line-up for the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. The 32 year old moves up from the National Superstock 1000 class after a strong 2011 season which saw him win what turned out to be the final race of the season, finishing third overall.
Quigley will race in BSB for the first time since 2008 and expects the 2012-spec Honda Fireblade to be a competitive package under the new regulations.
“You get nervous preparing to race but this winter has brought a different kind of pressure with interest from different teams. When Mark came with an offer to ride in BSB, well, it’s where I want to be. Every rider wants the best bike, in the best team, in the best possible championship, against the best riders. It’s been awesome really running my own team. It’s good experience doing things yourself, but Mark (Smith-Halvorsen – Team Principal) has given me the opportunity to concentrate more on my racing. I think the series will be even more competitive. Hopefully there will be a good mix of riders up front and I think the Honda will be a great bike to be on. I’m looking forward to the opportunity. Mark’s (going all out to prove a point. He doesn’t just want to be another team in the paddock. He wants to be right up there and, being in a competitive team that wants to win, helps a rider’s confidence.”
Team Manager Terry Liquorish expects Quigley and teammate Tristan Palmer to spring a surprise in what promises to be a fascinating season.
“We signed Luke because we really believe he will fit into our team well – and have watched first hand just how well he can race this year. Whilst there is more power and less weight in Superbike which alters the technique required, we will be making sure he adjusts well to the extra grip, stopping power and balance that will be dialled into our Hondas. The rule changes will suit both our riders, who can start the season without any external pressure or heightened expectation – a little like we did last year. We don’t plan to be any less competitive this season. We are not getting carried away with the task ahead of us, but neither are we at a loss as to how to progress and develop things systematically. Luke has added another reason for the team to feel happy and confident as we go about the job of preparing for the premier class.”
The new season gets underway on April 9th at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.