The GMT94 Yamaha team has announced it will make its return to the World Supersport Championship in 2018 with exMotoGP rider Mike Di Meglio.

2008 125cc world champion Di Meglio has spent the last year contesting the Endurance World Championship with the GMT94 team and acting as a test rider for the factory Aprilia squad in MotoGP, after losing his seat with Avintia Ducati in the premier class at the end of 2016.

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Set to make his debut in WorldSSP next year, the French rider is looking forward to contesting the class and feels combining his endurance duties with a campaign in Supersport will allow him to achieve his goal of becoming a world champion in grand prix and endurance racing.

“I would really like to be the first rider to be crowned both in grand prix and EWC,” Di Meglio said.

“With David (Checa, EWC teammate) in the French Superbike Championship, Niccolo’s (Canepa, EWC teammate) as a WorldSBK test rider and my involvement in WorldSSP, we will be at our best.

“I will likely miss a few Supersport races because of the calendar, though.

“It’s a pity, but we have much to learn and must be humble with our expectations even if we have great ambitions.

“I am extremely motivated and very happy to come back to road racing.

“Many thanks to GMT94, Yamaha, Dorna, and the FFM, which has always supported me.

“I hope that we will have some great races.”

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Team manager Christophe Guyot also believes having all three of his EWC riders racing fulltime will keep them performing at their optimal potential, and is looking forward to returning to WorldSSP for the first time since 2009.

“An endurance team performs better when the three riders are also competing in road racing,” he said.

“The GMT94 has always been committed to it.

“After winning the French Championship with Kenny Foray in 2015 (in the STK1000 class) and David Checa in 2016 (in the SBK class), we could not miss the opportunity to get back to our WorldSBK roots.

“The new regulations make the championship very attractive to us.

“It gives every team a chance to be competitive.

“Mike Di Meglio is talented and motivated. He’s fully invested in helping us overcome our steep learning curve against very strong competitors.”