Fermanagh's Lee Johnston will spearhead an exciting new Ducati racing collaboration at this year's Isle of Man TT, Ballymoney-based Millsport Racing joining forces with Hampshire-based British championship team Moto Rapido.
Now based in Yorkshire, Johnston will campaign Ducati Superbike and Superstock machinery in the all-new Rapido Sport Racing team at the Vauxhall North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, with Italian Matteo Baiocco representing the team in the British Superbike Championship.
Johnston will also campaign a Millsport Racing Ducati in this season's National Superstock series, and is regarded as a top title contender.
The former National Superstock 600cc champion has shown great potential on the international road racing scene in his fledgling career to date and this latest news should push him closer to the elite TT top six.
Team manager Steve Moore commented: "I am very happy to join forces with Jimmy Murray and Millsport to create team Rapido Sport Racing.
"Over several meetings it became clear that we could work well together and present a stronger and more efficient team in both the British Superbike paddock and on the international road racing scene, where the experience of the Millsport team will be invaluable.
"Together we can field a strong side for Ducati in the Superbike and Superstock classes," explained Moore.
Murray added: "It is fantastic for Millsport Racing to join forces with Moto Rapido.
"With Lee in Superstock and Matteo in Superbike on the Ducati 1199R, we have a very strong team and we can't wait to get started."