28 October 2012
Seeley, Tyco Suzuki part ways
Alastair Seeley sets his sights on a return to the British Supersport Championship he won in 2011, a move that will see him leave Tyco Suzuki.
Tyco Suzuki has announced that it has parted ways with Alastair Seeley after a four year partnership that yielded two British titles.
The Ulsterman has enjoyed considerable success with Tyco Suzuki (TAS Racing) since 2009, notching up the British Superstock Championship in 2009 and the British Supersport Championship in 2011. Seeley was also a British Superbike race winner for the team on the way to sixth overall in 2010, while he has won a series of notable North West 200 races in that time.
However, Seeley's split with Tyco Suzuki comes after a tough 2012 campaign that started brightly with a podium at Brands Hatch, but dwindled thereafter.
Eventually ending the season 13th overall with just a small handful of top ten results, Seeley has decided he will return to British Supersport action in 2013.
“I've had a great time working with Philip and Hector [Neill], all the boys in the team, Suzuki GB and our various sponsors. They took me to two British titles and I learned a lot about all aspects of the sport during this time.
“For that I'd like to thank them and Suzuki, but everything comes to an end at some point and I admire Philip for being honest with me so early after the season has finished. It allows me time to find a new position but I'll still be calling in for a 'brew' and a yarn with the boys next year.
“It's a small industry and as Philip says, who knows, I could be back on a Suzuki at some point before I hang the leathers up.”
Team manager Philip Neill praised Seeley for the success he has brought the team during his tenure and wished him all the best for the future.
“It's never an enjoyable day when you have to let a rider go, especially when he has brought success to your team, but we have parted on very good terms and who knows, we may see Alastair back on one of our GSX-Rs in the future.
“After a tough year in BSB, Alastair has decided that he would like to return to the Supersport class – a decision that I fully support. Unfortunately we are unable to offer Alastair a position in Supersport at this time, as our main focus will again be in British Superbike with Tyco and Suzuki in 2013.
“There are only a handful of top rides in any class, and the last thing I wanted to do was hold Alastair back as he needs to move swiftly to secure a deal for next season. Everyone within the team wishes him well. He has done a sterling job for TAS Racing, Suzuki, Tyco and all our other associated sponsors this past four years, and I'm sure he will be successful wherever he goes.”
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