Craig Neve will partner Michael Rutter at Bathams Racing for 2023 as the pairing take on both road and short circuit challenges.
With the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT races encompassing the majority of the team’s focus, select rounds of the British Championship will also feature across the coming season.
The 28-year-old made his debut at the Isle of Man competing in the 2015 Manx Grand Prix before graduating to the TT in 2016. Neve finished the 2022 Senior TT as a privateer 11th overall after securing a personal best lap of 127.5MPH.
Bathams Racing will feature in the Supertwin and Supersport classes with Rutter and Neve competing on the Yamaha R7, and Neve on a Triumph Daytona 675R. In both Superbike and Superstock spec Neve will opt for the Honda Fireblade, while Rutter is still considering his machine choice. Overall, there will be a total of seven race bikes in black and gold for the coming season.
“I’m very happy to be joining Bathams Racing,” Neve confirmed. “They’re a big team that has a massive amount of experience in all forms of racing, which I can only benefit from.
“Having someone who has started 80 TT races over a 29-year TT career as my teammate is massive for me, and I can’t wait”
“Obviously I still love racing at the TT and Northwest 200, so there was never any chance of me not going this year,” Rutter added. “I also recognise that I’m at a great stage of my career to be able to bring on a young upcoming rider, so along with Bathams Ales we decided that now is a really good time to expand the team.
“We’re all really looking forward to working with Craig and helping him along with his journey, plus it’ll be great to see a pair of black and gold bikes out there at the same time.”