Tyco Suzuki has officially confirmed that Josh Waters will join John Hopkins in an all-new MCE British Superbike Championship line-up.
A double Australian Superbike champion with Suzuki, Waters had a tough rookie season in BSB with Milwaukee Yamaha, being dropped in favour of Tommy Bridewell before securing a season-best fourth for Halsall Kawasaki in the Brands Hatch season finale.
“I am really happy and excited to be joining Tyco Suzuki for the 2014 season,” said Waters. “I've spent a lot of years racing with Suzuki in the past, and every year I was with them, they were very successful for me.
“TAS Suzuki is a team I've followed for a long time, and it goes without saying, Hector and Philip Neill run a great team. I'm currently back home in Australia, but I can't wait to start testing the GSX-R1000 Superbike for the 2014 season.
“I'm looking forward to it already; and partnering John Hopkins in the Tyco Suzuki set-up is an added bonus.”
The signing of Waters confirms that both Josh Brookes, third in this year's BSB standings, and PJ Jacobsen will leave the TAS team. Brookes is being linked with the Milwaukee ride.
“It's great to be able to announce our final British Superbike signing for 2014 in Josh Waters, which now leaves us to concentrate on the important task of further-developing the GSX-R1000 Superbike in readiness for testing in the New Year,” said team manager Philip Neil.
“Josh really is the ideal candidate to join us at Tyco Suzuki, having spent seven years racing GSX-R machinery in Australia; in addition to two very successful outings at the Suzuka 8-Hour with Yoshimura Suzuki.
“I have known Josh since 2009 and have looked at a number of options to bring him to British championship. Now that we finally have the opportunity to work together, I'd like to formally welcome him to Tyco Suzuki.
“I'm confident we haven't seen the best of Josh and everyone at Tyco Suzuki will be working hard to ensure he has the tools to show exactly what he is capable of in 2014.”