OMG Racing has confirmed it will become Yamaha's official factory representative in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) from next season as part of a new multi-year deal.
Champions using Yamaha machinery in 2022 with Bradley Ray, the deal was anticipated in the wake of a decision by Raceways McAMS' - current holders of the factory role - to step away from BSB at the end of the season.
The deal marks a rise in status for OMG Racing, which will receive official factory backing direct from a manufacturer for the first time since making its BSB debut in 2018. After spending two seasons with customer Suzuki machinery, it switched to BMW for two further seasons before settling on Yamaha for 2022.
It would go on to cause a major upset by out-performing the official McAMS Yamaha squad with its title win, winning nine races between Ray and Kyle Ryde. It has continued with Ryde and signed Ryan Vickers for its ongoing 2023 BSB title defence.
“I feel honoured that OMG Racing have been chosen by Yamaha to be their supported team in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, and I would like publicly thank them for showing their faith in us," said OMG Racing's Alan Gardner.
"Winning the Championship in our very first year with Yamaha in 2022 was a dream come true for both me and every member of OMG- a dream that we all hope to replicate very soon.
“The hard work and dedication of every member of OMG Racing is what makes us who we are, and to see that ethos being recognised by Yamaha is verification that we are doing things right. Our first ever race as a team in 2018 seems like only yesterday!
"From such humble beginnings, such a short time ago, to now be carrying the flag for Yamaha so to speak, makes me so proud of what my team have achieved.
“Steve Rodgers, Raceways Yamaha and McAMS have set the bar high, and we intend to keep it that way.
"On behalf of myself and everyone at OMG along with, I’m sure, the entire Yamaha family, we would like to wish Steve Rodgers a wonderful retirement from racing, but sincerely hope to see him at many races in the future.”