UPDATE: Five hours after this story, the deal was officially announced.

Josh Waters is being lined up for the second Tyco Suzuki MCE British Superbike seat, alongside the newly announced John Hopkins.

Waters, who claimed his Australian Superbike titles on a Suzuki, finished a troubled rookie BSB season with Halsall Kawasaki - claiming a season best fourth in the Brands Hatch finale - after losing his Milwaukee Yamaha ride to Tommy Bridewell.

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