After spending some time unwinding following a trip to Australia in the wake of his sizzling British Supersport triumph, Alastair Seeley can't wait to get back down to business in 2012.
The Northern Ireland star,who edged out season-long rival Ben Wilson to snatch the crown at the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch in October, has been promoted to TAS Racing's Tyco Suzuki team by Philip Neill to contest the British Superbike class next year.
Seeley will join Aussie Josh Brookes in the new-look team, who has been retained for a second spell, with Guy Martin leading the team's international road racing campaign.
The 30-year-old completed his first full BSB campaign in 2010 after lifting the National Superstock 1000 title for TAS Racing the previous year and impressed in his rookie year, winning his first race in difficult conditions at Brands Hatch and finishing inside the Showdown top six.
However, Seeley has been granted another bite of the cherry next year following his scintillating title capture on the all new GSX-R600 Suzuki and the diminutive Ulsterman can't wait to get started.
In an official blog for the British Superbike website, Seeley said: “It feels like a long time since Brands Hatch now; we did celebrate on the Sunday night....I think we sampled a range of liquor!
“I then had the Sunflower meeting, which seems to be some kind of nemesis to me as I always seem to have bad luck there. I was punted wide in the Superbike race and then I was leading the Supersport race and then I went back to third, but I got caught up in Jack Kennedy's crash and I was knocked out and cracked a few ribs.
“Four days after that I was on a plane to Australia for two weeks on the West Coast and Margaret River. I had been there back in 2009 when I raced in the Kings of Wanneroo race and me and my friend thought it would be a great trip to end the season,” said Seeley.
“Since being home I have been doing the usual of hitting the training hard ready to be back in BSB next season. I have been doing a lot of trials riding, out on the motocross bike and mountain biking; I want to be ready for when we start testing.
“Other than that I have been getting all the last minute Christmas things for my son Lewis and have been to some awards dinners. It won't be long before testing starts in 2012 and I can't wait to get started.”