Tim Neave will step up to the Bennetts British Superbike series in 2023 to partner Jason O’Halloran at McAMS Yamaha.
The former flat-track ace impressed in 2022 with a stunning start to the National Superstock Championship aboard the team’s stock R1 in Edwards 1902 colours, taking Yamaha’s first victory in the 1000cc Superstock class in over a decade.
Three wins at the beginning of the year saw Neave amass a healthy championship lead, until a freak accident while testing at Knockhill saw him suffer a badly broken pelvis which would rule him out of the title fight. Despite the huge injury, he still managed to return to the podium before the year was out with a third place at Snetterton.
“To get the call up to ride for McAMS Yamaha is a dream come true. When I signed to ride for the team last year, in the back of my mind I was thinking if I could do a really good job on the Superstock bike and a seat became available, it would be the dream but I didn’t think it would actually happen,” said Neave.
“Raceways is one of, if not the best teams in the paddock – it has certainly won more races than anyone else in recent years so I can’t think of a better team to step up into BSB with.
“I loved riding the R1 Superstock bike, it really suited me as a rider and from what Jason has told me, the Superbike has similar characteristics so I’m looking forward to getting out on it for the first time. BSB is one of the toughest classes in racing, but I’ll give it my everything to make sure this opportunity isn’t wasted on me.”