Reigning British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley will return to the British Superbike Championship in 2012, after signing to partner Josh Brookes in the TAS-run Tyco Suzuki team.
Seeley has been a TAS rider since 2009 - the year he dominated the Superstock 1000 class - and was a BSB racer in 2010, when he finished sixth in the standings with one win.
"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 colour,” said the Northern Irishman. “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, but I can't wait to get started."
Team manager Philip Neill said the official Suzuki BSB ride was just reward for Seeley's BSS title victory.
Seeley will also represent the team at the International North West 200 in May, where he has scored five victories to date. Seeley is the current NW200 Superbike champion
"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," he said.
"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 ten wins on the way to the championship. We have rewarded that success with another shot in BSB we believe he can be a genuine title contender in 2012."