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Halsall Racing have today announced they will be back in the British Superbike championship with a two rider team of Lee Costello and Harry Hartley.
Hartley will become the youngest ever British Superbike rider to compete in the series as he jumps up to the Superbike class from the National Superstock 600 championship where he raced last season.
The Halsall Racing team have been loyal to Costello who will once again compete with the team after success in the Superstock 1000 and British Superbike championships claiming podiums for the Bolton based team.
Costello said: "As we now have a season in the Championship under our belts I would like to think this year we can aim for more as we have some experience in Superbike we can build on. I would like to pick up where we left off last year and for me, to continue developing as a Superbike rider as I feel that I learnt a lot in my first season. It is an ambition of mine to be able to try and fight for a position in the top six for the Showdown and that is what I am aiming to push for this year."
Hartley said: "This is a really big opportunity for me and I need to thank Halsall Racing for making this ambition become a reality. I am going to take this year as it comes because I don't want to overwhelm myself at the first round; I used to watch Hopper (Hopkins) for example race in MotoGP so to be on the same grid as some of the other Superbike riders is exciting, but I know I have a lot to learn at the same time. It is fantastic to be joining such a professional team in the Championship and after the results they achieved last year I really hope that I can learn a lot from them and develop as a rider."
Team owner Martin Halsall concluded: "I am very excited about the season ahead. As a team we have remained committed to Lee and after a steep learning curve last year he now has the experience to build on - hopefully we can see a few more performances like that final round at Brands Hatch!
"As a team we are also focused on bringing young contenders to the championship and developing them to become Superbike riders of the future and at 17 when the season starts, Harry will be the youngest ever rider to feature on the MCE BSB grid. If you look at someone like Marc Marquez he is a world champion at the age of just 20 and that is because of the route and opportunities that he has been given and Halsall Racing want to be part of helping our young riders rise through the ranks here in the UK."