Truelove and Raceways Yamaha join 2019 British Superbike Grid

by Joshua Close
Matt Truelove joins the 2019 BSB grid

Matt Truelove and Raceways Yamaha will move up into the Bennetts British Superbike Championship next year, as a satellite team to the McAMS Yamaha squad.

Truelove has previously finished as runner-up in the Supersport class, and impressed on a Superstock specification Yamaha YZF-R1 with the team this season – coming close to the podium on several occasions.

Truelove’s 2019 machine will carry McAMS Yamaha signage, along with additional personal support, and he will have the same specification as Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran.

Having only been riding for five years, Truelove knows that 2019 will be a challenge, but he’s determined to learn and make progress through the field. He commented:

“This is a perfect situation in terms of set-up to start out in Superbikes, as I’ve ridden the Superstock version of the bike, the team have developed a race winning  machine and I know the guys really well.
“I’m obviously taking a big chance entering Superbike and I’m under no illusions its going to be tough, after all this is the toughest bike race series in the world. You only have to look at some of the big names who sometimes struggle to hit the front. But there’s no pressure and I’m going to focus on learning as much as possible and trying to progress.”

“It’s great to have a test at Almeria so soon and I also hope I can learn from Taz who achieved so much in his Rookie season. I’m so thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get going.”

Team Manager, Grant Bunting, is pleased with the new project and is looking forward to seeing how Truelove gets on in the Superbike class. He added:

“We’re looking forward to giving Matt every opportunity to make the transition into Superbikes as smoothly as possible. He knows it’s a tough class but if he wants to do it, this has got to be a good way with a team that has already developed a bike, so he concentrate on his own improvement. He’s a good lad with an ideal temperament to keep chipping away so we’re all really looking forward to see how he can progress.”  

Truelove will join Mackenzie and O’Halloran for a first taste of Superbike power at Almeria, Spain in a week’s time.

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