YOUNG Riders Fund supported rider Josh Elliott has sealed a deal to be back on the grid for the 2012 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship.

The 17-year-old from Northern Ireland will line-up alongside Aussie David Johnson in the Carbontek Four Angels Racing team on board a BMW S1000RR.

It follows last week’s announcement that Elliott had split from the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki outfit, and the deal was struck after talks over the weekend.

“I had heard a lot of good things about the Carbontek Four Angels team from some close associates in England and was delighted to finally get to meet them,” said Elliott. “Their expectations and goals are very realistic and in line with my own, so I am delighted to get the opportunity to ride for such a good team.

“I am grateful that despite time being short, Carbontek have pulled out the stops to get a BMW S1000RR ready for a test in Spain this weekend. Thanks also to my good friends Gerry and Susie Bryce for squeezing me into their Racedays event at Almeria this week.

“It has been an especially long winter for me and I just can’t wait to get to ride the Carbontek BMW and learn all about it. I want to make the best of the testing time to properly change my style to suit the ‘thousand’ and make small steps toward becoming competitive in a very tough class.”

Team Manager Simon Frendo added: “We were looking to run two BMW S1000RR bikes in the Superstock championship this year with Dave Johnson and another good rider. We got to meet Josh and his portfolio spoke volumes.

“By the end of the meeting we decided to take Josh on and give him a good chance of progressing his career on a competitive machine. There hasn’t been much time to prepare a bike but we have pulled out the stops to get one ready so Josh can test at the start of March in Spain.”

The 2012 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship kicks-off at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday, and will mark Elliott’s debut in the hard-fought series.