2022 Bennetts BSB Champion Ray set for World stage

2022 Bennetts BSB Champion Ray set for World stage

30 November 2022

Reigning Bennetts British Superbike Champion Bradley Ray will make the move to the World stage next season after Yamaha Motor Europe has announced he will join the FIM Superbike World Championship in 2023 for the eight European rounds with the Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team.

Ray celebrated title victory in Bennetts BSB this season with OMG Yamaha following nine wins and 23 podiums and will now have the opportunity to showcase his talents on the world stage, with his campaign set to begin at the championship’s third round at Assen.

Ray said: "After what's been an incredible debut year with Yamaha in the UK in part one of my career quest to become British Superbike Champion, I'm absolutely delighted that Yamaha have rewarded me with this opportunity to take the next step with the Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team.

“I've dreamed of being World Superbike Champion since my race debut at three years old and I'm only too aware that it wouldn’t be possible without the support of a manufacturer like Yamaha and the team I have around me. I'm very keen to get started in WorldSBK and hope to follow in the footsteps of many of the successful Brits in the championship. It's time to take aim for that next title, step by step!”

Andrea Dosoli, Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager, added: “Yamaha is fully committed to giving our riders from the national championships the opportunity to race on the world championship stage. After an incredible first season on the R1 in British Superbikes, Bradley has shown that he fully deserves his spot on the WorldSBK grid in 2023.

“We’ve seen over the years that he has fantastic race craft and consistency that allowed him to win the title this year. We are sure that he will be able to adapt quickly, as he has been able to throughout his career so far. The Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team are sure to give him the best possible chance to challenge for strong results.”