Smrz ready for a 'new adventure'
Jakub Smrz says the prospect of starting a 'new adventure' was reason enough for him to turn his back on the World Superbike Championship in favour of competing with Splitlath Redmond Aprilia in the domestic British Superbike Championship.
The Czech rider, a veteran of 150 WSBK starts, put pen to paper with Splitlath Redmond just two days after losing his seat at Effenbert Liberty Ducati ahead of the most recent World Superbike round in Germany.
Set to see out the season with the Aprilia team, beginning with the next event at Assen, Smrz is looking forward to sampling the BSB competition, adding that he chose to join Splitlath Redmond despite having possible options to remain in WSBK.
"Even if I had the possibilities to finish WSBK season I decided to join Splitlath Redmond for a new adventure in BSB," the five-time WSBK podium winner said. "After the first contact with my new "family" I got a very good feeling with them and I am very excited about new challenge that will get back my motivation.
"Sure, it won't be easy to be on top in such a difficult championship and different bike but we'll do everything to arrive there quickly. I can't wait to race again!"
Smrz is the latest signing for the Splitlath Redmond team, which began the season with John Laverty and Florian Marino on the bike. Since then, Florian Marino has left the team to be replaced by Mark Aitchison, while Smrz comes on board as of John Laverty's full-time replacement.
With an experienced rider line-up at its disposal, Splitlath Redmond team owner John Dimbylow is confident Smrz and Aitchison will drive the team towards to its first points of the season in the final three rounds.
"It is fantastic for us to be able to reveal that Kuba is joining us at Assen. He will join Mark Aitchison as our second rider to come from the World Superbike paddock, and like Mark, has certainly proved his skills and talent on the worldwide stage.
"For us, he is another prestigious rider to join us here at Splitlath Redmond. We know he will go very well at Assen and we can't wait to see how he gets on with our Aprilia. We are all very excited for the remainder of the season and look forward to welcoming Kuba to the team."
Hopes will be high that Smrz will be able to break Splitlath Redmond's 2012 points' duck having previously stood on the WSBK podium at Assen.