Davide Giugliano will make his debut in the British Superbike Championship in 2017 after signing for the Tyco BMW team.
The 27-year-old makes the move from the World Superbike Championship, where he spent four seasons with Ducati and one with the Aprilia squad.
Giugliano picked up 14 podiums during his time in WSBK, along with 5 podiums and a wealth of experience that he can now bring with him to BSB.
Speaking about the switch, Giugliano said: “I’m very happy to be joining the Tyco BMW team for my first season in the British Superbike Championship. I have ridden on some of the British circuits already during my time in World Superbike, and will look forward to testing and racing on the others next year.
“British Superbike is a very popular championship with big crowds and I know the British public is passionate about their racing; a bit like the Italian supporters, so I’m hoping to gain many fans with Tyco BMW next season. I know having raced against the BMW S1000RR it is a strong package with a lot of potential, so I’m looking forward to getting started and showing what we can do in BSB.”
Giugliano will line-up alongside Christian Iddon, who remains with the team following a successful debut season with the team.
Iddon picked up six podiums in 2016 and is now looking for more consistency next season.
He said: “I’m obviously happy to be back with Tyco BMW next year and I want to do a full season of what we showed flashes of this year. We have shown what we are capable of with the pace we had at the start of the season and we also had a good end to the year too but we have to be aiming for that consistently.
“We have made a few little steps forward with a test after the season and I feel that we have a good direction for when we start testing again. The target is to win the championship, but first we need to try and get into the Showdown. We know it isn’t going to be easy but continuity and consistency is key and we are looking forward to getting started.”