Andy Reid and Joe Collier will campaign an Aprilia RSV-4 each in the 2018 Pirelli National Superstock series after signing for the expanding EHA Racing team.
A former British Supersport front-runner, Reid arrives in the 1000cc Superstock class for the first time, but the Ulsterman should settle in with consummate ease, having ridden half a dozen races in the British Superbike Championship last term on factory machinery.
“I just can’t wait to go racing again and I’m really excited about getting back on track with EHA Racing. Everyone will be wanting to know how I am after the injury at the end of last season and to be honest – I’ve had one of the quickest recoveries I’ve ever had in my career,” said Reid.
“I hope that highlights how much I want to win this season on the Aprilia in the Superstock class and my goal is nothing less, than challenging for the championship from the word go. Thanks to EHA Racing for having the faith in me to make this happen and of course my personal sponsor Cool Milk for their ever-present support.
“As I say, I just want to get going now and tap into the experience of the team along with IN Competition’s Ian Newton, who as a very successful former racer himself, can certainly have major input, to what Joe and I can achieve on track this season.”
Collier also comes with his own packed C.V. The 22-year-old Midlands’ rider is the reigning Ducati Trioptions Cup champion, and having made a successful debut in the 1000cc Superstock class at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch last season on alternative machinery – his performances would suggest, that along with Reid – both lads should make an immediate impact in the class, aboard IN Competition supported EHA Racing Aprilia RSV4 RFs.
“I’m really looking forward to riding the RSV4 RF Aprilia and working with EHA Racing. I tested the bike last year and having been fortunate enough to compare it to a different brand that I raced, it was immediately apparent that the Aprilia was easier to ride with a more manageable power curve,” said Collier.
“The Superstock championship is a strong class, but having done so well at the final round at Brands last year on the other bike, I’m ready to let my riding do the talking on track this year. Working with Andy will be good. He will be a strong team-mate and that will also help with the development of the RSV4 RF for both of us.”