New Tyco Suzuki signing Josh Waters is under no illusions of the size of the task he faces in next year's MCE British Superbike Championship.

However, the Australian rider, who was dropped by Milwaukee Yamaha this year in his debut stint in the series, is full of optimism as he returns to the familiar environment of riding Suzuki machinery for the Northern Ireland team.

Waters, who joins John Hopkins in Phil Neill's outfit, said: "I'm really excited for the 2014 season. As most people would know, next year I'm racing in the most competitive domestic championship in the world, the British Superbike Championship and the thing I'm really excited about is that I'll be riding for Tyco Suzuki and getting back on a GSX-R.

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"Back home in Australia, I rode for Team Suzuki for seven years and every one of them was really good for me. I know next year isn't going to be easy, the championship and circuits are very tough, but I know I'm with a great team and I'm on a bike I'm really looking forward to riding.

"I've been home for just over a month now and it's been great to see all my family and friends," Waters added in his official team blog.

"The weather is great at this time of the year in my home town and it's been really good training outside with my mates. I've also got back into the real world and have been doing a bit of work, which has been not bad either."

Waters ended the season with the Halsall Kawasaki team after being replaced at Milwaukee Yamaha by Tommy Bridewell.