Storm Stacey will become the youngest British Superbike rider in history after signing for GR Motorsport Kawasaki for the 2020 season.
Stacey will be 16 years old, 11 months and 19 days when he makes his debut at Silverstone in April, and has been given dispensation to compete on a superbike by the ACU and the series’ governing body MCRCB. His graduation to BSB has also been supported by series organiser MSVR.
Stacey rode for GR Motorsport’s STAUFF Academy in the Superstock 600 class last year and took two wins at Oulton Park and finished in third place overall. Stacey has also finished in third overall in Motostar in 2017 and 2018.
Stacey said: “This is really exciting for me – I am still only 16 and I am going to be riding a Superbike in BSB this year!
“I cannot thank the team and everyone who has supported me so far in my career enough because without them I would not have this opportunity this year.
“As a team we had looked at Superstock 1000, but after some laps to get a feel for it at both Donington Park and Jerez it felt really natural straight away and I was able to post some good times despite it being my first test.
“The team then wanted to give me this chance on the Superbike and I can’t wait to get started. The way I look at it is it will be a big learning curve but I got inspiration from Ryan Vickers, who moved from the Superstock 600 to the Superbike last year.
“It’s a more powerful bike with no traction control, but I am sure it will feel like second nature to me after the first round of tests. It will take me some time but there is no pressure on me and I love to learn the bike and understand it. That was what I did last year in the Superstock 600 class and we were fighting for the title at the final round!
“I have been getting myself in gear ready for testing and this new challenge and I am really looking forward to having this chance to prove myself on the Superbike gradually over the season.”
Team Owner Brent Gladwin added: “As part of our 2020 celebrations to announce that Storm will be lining up in the Superbike class is something that we are immensely excited about.
“It is a landmark season for us with it being the 25th year in racing, so to be able to continue our ethos of young rider development by giving such a young and talented rider the chance to progress from the STAUFF Academy to the Superbike grid makes me extremely proud.
“Storm has shown such a level of ability and maturity both on and off the track and this is something that we are looking forward to developing throughout the 2020 season.
“We know that it is a big step up from the Superstock 600 class, but from what we saw at the tests at the end of last season on the big bike, and with no pressure, Storm can learn and progress throughout this year and into the next. I think we are going to have a lot of fun!
“We now look forward to the first official test next week where Storm will make his public debut on the Superbike and announcing the exciting 2020 STAUFF Quick Connect Academy line-up on our return.”