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Truelove progresses to Bennetts BSB with Raceways Yamaha for 2019

Matt Truelove will make his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut in 2019 as Raceways Yamaha join the grid, running as a satellite team to the McAMS Yamaha squad of Jason O'Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie.

After riding a Superstock specification Yamaha YZF-R1 with the team this season, Truelove makes the step up to the blue-riband class with the Lancashire-based squad. Carrying McAMS signage along with additional personal support, the Lincoln rider will be joining newly announced McAMS Yamaha riders Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran for a first taste of Superbike power at Almeria, Spain in a week’s time.

Truelove, who has only been racing for five years, took a second place finish in the Dickies British Supersport class and after settling into the Pirelli Superstock division he came close to the podium on several occasions.

Truelove said: “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 it’s 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 concluded: “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.”

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