BACKLUND SET TO MAKE MCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE DEBUT WITH FFX YAMAHA
The FFX Yamaha team will return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at the next round of the season at Donington Park as Superstock race-winner Filip Backlund joins the team for the remainder of the season.
Swedish rider Backlund has been a revelation in the National Superstock 1000 class over the past two seasons, scoring a debut race win last year at Silverstone before claiming third place in the overall standings.
This year Backlund has again been a regular podium finisher in the Superstock class, scoring five podium positions in the opening half of the season but now he turns his attentions to his first appearance in the premier Superbike class with the FFX Yamaha team.
Backlund said: “I’m very pleased and happy about this opportunity that FFX Yamaha has given me. The last four rounds from Donington Park will be a completely new challenge for me. I have a good base to start with as I will also be working with my SMT crew which is a big bonus as it will give me continuity and confidence from the start. We all know that I’m jumping on a new bike in a new class which is a challenge, but I want to be able to prove myself and show that I belong in the BSB class now. I want to thank FFX Yamaha, SMT Racing, Mats Nilsson all my partners and other people that is supporting me during this journey.”
Clive Richards, Head of Marketing and Advertising at FFX concluded: “As title sponsors, FFX are very pleased to welcome Filip Backlund to the team. Filip has been riding very well in the Superstock 1000 series and has delivered some impressive rides in that Championship. We are confident that his talents will translate to points in the British Superbike series as we look forward to the final rounds of our debut season.”