Superstock 1000 race winner, Tim Neave has officially confirmed his switch to Edwards 1902 Yamaha, ahead of his 2022 assault.
The Edwards 1902 Yamaha squad compete within the Superstock 1000 Championship, as a sister team to the McAMS Yamaha outfit: Yamaha’s official bid in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Neave said: “I’m fully tuned into what’s coming this year, it’s a great opportunity for me. Last year, it was clear that the bike was capable of being competitive.
“It’s a top tier team and they’re putting everything into it with the hope of winning the championship. I’ve got lots of support in place to be able to fight for the title.
“I already feel like a valued member of the team. As far as I’m concerned, it’s already feeling like home. On paper, it looks perfect. But it’s never as easy as it looks.”
Neave’s addition to the Yamaha stable comes off the back of what was a challenging year with his former crew, Buildbase Suzuki.
Despite registering 2021 with one win and a separate podium finish, his championship was put on hold after sustaining a tear to his Acromioclavicular (AC) joint ligament following a collision during the opening race of Round 3 at Brands Hatch.
A recommended recovery period of six weeks inevitably left him with no other option than to take a back seat for the remainder of the weekend and for the neighbouring round at Thruxton.
He said: “I had pace all year but sadly it didn’t really come together for us. At every track we went to, we had potential. I just made a few mistakes which caused the championship to go to pot.”
With frustrations aside, Neave was gifted a one-off opportunity to step up to the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park, replacing injured teammate, Danny Kent.
Stepping onto the GSXR Superbike for the first time, he found his feet well, improved session by session and impressed all, racking up three point scoring finishes in total.
He said: “It was a mega experience. The chance came up to step up to the Superbike and I couldn’t turn it down, those kinds of opportunities don’t come round very often.
“It was never going to be an easy job, but I think we did well. I progressed in every session and improved my lap time by a massive amount.
“As far as BSB Debuts go, that one was pretty decent.”
With official testing around the corner and all roots heading towards the season opener at Silverstone, Neave is keen to get stuck in, to pursue his goal of being in contention of the 2022 Superstock 1000 Championship title.
“I want to take a step forward from last year. I know I can win races and qualify well, but last year I made too many silly mistakes that cost me a strong season.
“If I reduce them, stay on the bike and run consistently at the front, I believe we can be there towards the end of the season.”