Having recently agreed terms with TAS Racing team manager Philip Neill, current British Supersport Champion Alastair Seeley will complete the all-new Tyco Suzuki line-up for next season's British Superbike Championship.
The Northern Ireland rider has won two British Championships for the Moneymore-based team since joining them in 2009 - Superstock and Supersport - and will now form a formidable partnership with Australian Josh Brookes in the official Suzuki BSB team aboard the GSX-R1000.
Seeley made the all-important Title Fighters' top six during his debut season in British Superbike in 2010, which included a memorable victory at Brands Hatch. He will also represent the team at the International North West 200 in May where he has scored five victories to date. He is the current NW200 Superbike Champion.
"I'm very excited to be back with the TAS team for another year, especially getting back on a Superbike, and I'm equally excited about the new Tyco Suzuki colours. The bike looks really well. Once we get some pre-season testing done my aim will be to try and win the Championship; that really is my only goal. I think the new rules in BSB will be in my favour, having already won two Championships without electronic aids, and I have every confidence in the boys at TAS to give me the best possible package. Until then I'll be doing plenty of motocross and trials riding to hone my throttle control skills, but I can't wait to get started."
Philip Neill - Team Manager:
"It's fantastic to be able to confirm Alastair Seeley as our second rider in BSB for next year and also for another North West 200 campaign in May. We have had a tremendous journey with Alastair since we brought him into our set-up at the start of 2009, quite unexpectedly. He was a relative unknown in British championship terms back then, so to be able to turn him into a double Champion in such a short space of time is very satisfying.
"He has been hugely impressive on all types of GSX-R machinery and his goal now is to go on and become the first rider ever to win three different British Championships. He had a great rookie season in Superbike back in 2010; probably the best one we have seen so far. He then took on the Supersport challenge this season with the all-new GSX-R600 and did a great job for TAS Racing and Suzuki, taking 10 wins on the way to the Championship.
"We have rewarded that success with another shot in BSB and after his performance recently at Portimao for Crescent Suzuki, standing in for the injured John Hopkins at a track he'd never seen before and posting more-than respectable times, we believe he can be a genuine title contender during 2012 in BSB."