Lincolnshire racing star Steve Plater has been retained by the team to contest the British Superbike championship plus the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT races, while Ian Hutchinson will contest the British Supersport championship plus all the major road racing events including the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT.
Plater who rode the AIM Yamaha R1 to victory at the North West 200 in May also secured his second victory in a row for the team at the Macau Grand Prix in November and made his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in early June.
After shedding his novice jacket during practise week he put in a dazzling performance on both the 1000cc and 600cc AIM Yamahas to claim the prestigious Best Newcomer Award and also the award for the fastest newcomer after posting a scorching final lap of 125.808mph in the Senior TT.
Ian Hutchinson from Bingley is setting his sights on further wins at the Isle of Man TT races next year. In 2007 he won the Junior TT and was third in the Senior, Superbike and Superstock TT and will again start the year as one of the hot favourites for success at the TT and the North West 200.
In addition the 28-year-old Yorkshire man is to contest a full season in the British Supersport championship and, having taken his first win in the series at Oulton Park, will be aiming for more victories in 2008, this time with AIM Yamaha.
I am delighted to welcome Ian Hutchinson into the AIM Yamaha team to join Steve Plater who did so well for us last season.
Steve ended the 2007 British Superbike campaign with some strong results and will be looking for further improvement this time around while Ian will be developing the AIM Yamaha R6 with the aim of securing some top results for the team in the British Supersport class.
Both riders will represent AIM Yamaha at the North West 200 and also the TT where Steve will be looking to build on his successful debut on the island in 2007. Ian is a proven winner on the roads and it is hoped that he will be able to bring further success to the team.