Tom Neave will pilot the Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki at round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone, as he stands-in for the injured Chrissy Rouse.
Neave, of Lincolnshire, will join the squad for next weekend’s event as regular rider Rouse recovers from a broken left hand and right wrist after a crash at Cadwell Park a fortnight ago.
Neave has just spent two rounds with Honda Racing filling in for Dan Linfoot, and had been preparing to return to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship running his own Suzuki when he received the call-up from team manager Colin Wright.
“I was actually in the garage prepping my bike for Silverstone when Colin called and invited me for a meeting,” he said. “I’m over the moon to have been given another opportunity to race in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Colin and the team, and I can’t wait to get back out. Naturally, it’s going to be another big learning curve. I’ve had two rounds riding the Honda, and now I’ve got to start again with a different bike. My own machine is a Suzuki, so that could be a bit of an advantage.
“It’s been such an amazing year, going from missing the start of the season with a bad shoulder injury to getting the chance to join the BSB grid, and then to get this second opportunity is fantastic.
“I got a 12th and a 15th at Cadwell Park two weeks ago, so I’d like to aim for similar results at Silverstone. I plan to spend Friday learning about the bike and getting settled in, and then hopefully we can push forward and move towards the points as the weekend goes on.”
Team manager Colin Wright is keen to see how Neave adapts to the new machinery and team. “Tom’s a great guy, we had a long meeting this week and as far as I’m concerned he ticks all of the boxes so far,” he said.
“With Chrissy recovering, we wanted to find a promising youngster to fill his seat until he is fit enough to come back, and after seeing Tom in action at Cadwell, I felt he was the ideal candidate.
“He’s already demonstrated that he can run in the points and if he can do a similar job with us, then that would be brilliant. He’s under no pressure, but he’s very fired up and determined to prove he has a future in superbike racing, so I’m looking forward to working with him this weekend
Name: Chrissy Rouse
Born: Newcastle Upon-Tyne
Bike Number: 69
Name: Tom Ward
Bike Number: 7