Michael Laverty and James Ellison head up the new Superbikes McAMS Yamaha team launched Saturday at Motorcycle Live. The team that were previously Team Traction Control and raced in the Supersport class will also run the new YZF-R6 in that class adding current Supersport Champion Tarran Mackenzie to the lineup.
The Superbikes pair will be riding the YZF-R1 with backing from Yamaha Motor Europe.
Ellison had raced with GB moto Racing under JG Speedfit Kawasaki for the past three years, winning the final race of 2016 and finishing 3rd overall in the BSB Championship. GB moto Racing announced they were leaving the BSB series at the end of the season.
Laverty who was with TYCO BMW for the last two years came 8th in the Championship. He has previously ridden Yamaha in BSB with Shaun Muir Racing under Swan Racing.
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