Having stormed to the National Superstock 1000 title this season, Alastair Seeley is to move up to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship for the 2010 campaign.
Seeley, who beat defending champion Steve Brogan to the Superstock crown, will remain with the same Relentless Suzuki team that carried him to the title.
The Irish Superbike champion also competed in the final two BSB rounds of the year at Silverstone and Oulton Park, taking a top ten finish in the former while riding an Evo specification Superbike.
"It is a great opportunity for me to move up to Superbike after dominating the Superstock class in 2009 and I think that BSB is the next natural step for me,” Seeley told the official BSB website. “I had a taster on the Evo bike at Silverstone and then had a go on the full-blown Superbike at Oulton Park, and although that didn't go completely according to plan at least I now know what I am up against.
"The team have a testing programme in place and it looks like that will kick off in March so now I am training hard with cardio and boxing to get myself in the best possible fitness before we begin testing.
"I haven't really put a target on the season, but I think if I can use Ian's (Lowry) performance this year as a marker as that was his first season, then I have a good starting point. I need to thank Philip and Hector Neill for giving me the opportunity and also Suzuki GB and of course Relentless."
Seeley's team-mate is set to be revealed in the coming weeks.