Brad Ray will get a second season competing on the international stage after penning a fresh 2024 WorldSBK Championship deal with Motoxracing Yamaha.
The 2022 British Superbike Champion made his full-time WorldSBK debut with the privateer Italian team this season, albeit competing only nine of the 12 events as Motoxracing had previously planned.
However, for 2024 Ray and Motoxracing Yamaha will contest the full 12-round season, including the flyaways in Australia and Indonesia at the start of the year.
I’m really happy to sign with Yamaha and Motox again for the 2024 season. I feel like it’s important to get a second year to really blossom and be able to show your full potential!
“We had some strong races in 2023 together so I’m excited to build on that. I’m super happy to be doing the full Championship too and think this will be very beneficial for myself throughout 2024.
“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Yamaha and Sandro at Motox for giving me a second year and another opportunity to compete in WorldSBK. See you in Australia.”
Team Manager Sandro Carusi added: "I’m pleased to continue on the journey we began with Bradley in WorldSBK last year. His surgery during the season slowed our growth somewhat, but in the first part of the year we showed we could be competitive together. I’m confident, both that he will make a full recovery and that we can achieve positive results in the 2024 Championship.”
Despite starting on the back foot by getting his season underway two months after his rivals from Round 3, Ray was a regular point-scorer, peaking with a superb weekend in Imola that yielded a top six Superpole and Race result.
Ray's confirmation means there will be six British riders on the starting grid for the 2024 WorldSBK Championship with the continuing Ray, Jonathan Rea (Yamaha), Alex Lowes (Kawasaki) and Scott Redding (Bonovo BMW) being joined the incoming Sam Lowes (Marc VDS Ducati) and Tarran Mackenzie (MIE Honda).