Relentless Suzuki insists it will continue with its British Superbike rider line-up to the end of the 2009 season, despite speculation that Alastair Seeley will step up early.
Seeley wrapped up the Superstock title in dominant fashion at Cadwell Park, his unbeaten run of nine victories this year ensuring him the trophy three rounds early.
As such, Seeley was tipped to make an appearance in the Superbike category at Croft, Silverstone and Oulton Park, but team manager Philip Neill maintains that he is committed to their current pairing of Ian Lowry and Atsushi Watanabe
“Alastair will continue with the Superstock class at Croft on the 2009 GSX–R1000. It was never in our plans to run a third rider in the Superbike class during 2009 as we are fully committed to Ian and Atsu; and, if Alastair could make it 12 from 12 in the 'stock class it would be a phenomenal achievement for Suzuki, Relentless and all our loyal sponsors.
Seeley will be getting some Superbike mileage, however, through competing in the Irish Superbike Championship. A contender for the title there, Relentless will upgrade his Superstock machine to Superbike specification to aid his cause.
"As I say, our attention and priority must remain with our current riders in BSB, but Alastair will now take in the final seven races in the Irish Superbike class, as winning that championship is also a realistic goal.
"He has been competing in selected ISB rounds on his Superstock machine so far this year, but he will be furnished with a Superbike for the final two rounds in October at the end of season Sunflower Trophy races. Our full line-up for that meeting will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Lowry is currently seventh in the overall standings, with a best result of fourth, whileformer Japanese Superbike Champion Watanabe is 28th.