BMW is to make its debut in the British Superbike (BSB) Championship in a tie-up with Jentin Racing.
The deal will see the manufacturer supply its S1000RR Superbikes to Jentin, with former Superstock champion Steve Brogan assuming riding duties.
Brogan will be joined by experienced BMW rider and former-Boxer Cup star, Richard Cooper, who will compete in the Metzeler 1000 Superstock championship.
The team will compete in the BSB EVO Class, which is being trialled in tandem with the BSB Championship this year and which restricts bikes to Superstock-style engines. The competition does, however, permit Superbike-spec chassis amendments, with many predicting it could become the standard race in 2011.
Bernie Toleman, team manager of Jentin Racing-BMW Motorrad, said: "Last year I started to think about the 2010 season and which manufacturer would provide us with the most competitive package.
"The all-new BMW S1000RR clearly stood out and, together with the overall specification and its power, it seemed the perfect choice for both Superstock, and the stock-engine EVO class."
Copyright © Press Association 2010