Sam Cox will return to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this season after signing a new deal with the NP Racing BMW team.
The Hertfordshire contender made his debut in Bennetts BSB last season at Silverstone with the team, having previously competed in the Supersport and Superstock classes, most recently featuring in the Ducati TriOptions Cup.
Cox’s motivation for the forthcoming season is high as he ends cancer treatment at the end of the month, and remains fully focused on continuing his preparation for the opening round.
Cox said: "I'm really excited to be stepping into the most competitive motorcycle racing championship in the country with NP Racing. They are a new and developing team in the championship and I can't wait to get started with them and help to continue their progression in the championship. I have toiled and worked incredibly hard for many years in the British paddock and I intend to make the most of this amazing opportunity.
“I'm working hard and staying focused on getting myself back to full fitness after my recent cancer diagnosis, which has only given me more drive and motivation to make a success of this coming year. I finish my final treatment at the end of the month, so I have a good few months to hit the gym and get ready for round one.
“A massive thank you to Neil Pearson for the chance to ride his bike and join his team, and to all my personal sponsors and supporters who have stuck by me through this difficult time and enabled me to have this opportunity, I couldn't have done this without you so thank you so much.”
Team Owner Neil Pearson commented: “I'm excited about the 2022 season, moving forward with a rider that has so much potential. Sam showed what he could do at Silverstone last year with no testing, so with the additional time I am eager to see what we can achieve together. With everything that has happened, both the team and Sam will keep pushing forward towards a common goal for the season."