By Chris Mackrell
Jack Kennedy has signed to ride for Mar-Train in the 2012 British Supersport Championship.
It will be the Ulster-based team's first venture into the British Championship, having competed successfully at Irish Championship level since 2006.
"We've been competing in the Irish Championship for a number of years and although we thoroughly enjoyed it, we feel it's time to step it up to the next level," said Mar-Train team owner Tim Martin.
"While we are not a factory supported team, we will receive assistance from Yamaha UK, so we will be building a totally new bike for Jack in 2012. We're very serious about being Championship contenders and we can't wait to get started."
2011 was a tough season for 24-year-old Dubliner, Kennedy, who suffered a serious back injury at Thruxton. Kennedy returned to take his debut win at the final meeting of the year at Brands Hatch.
Kennedy and Mar-Train teamed up at the Irish season ending Sunflower Trophy Races, where he was in contention until a crash and subsequent injury forced him out of the meeting.
"I'm delighted to get it all sorted and I'm very excited at the prospect of working with the Mar-Train team," said Kennedy. "I rode for them at the recent Sunflower Trophy Races at Bishopscourt and that pretty much made my mind up, it was a clear decision. They are a new team in the paddock, but our goal is to win the Championship - that's the plan."