Cameron Donald could be set for a British Superbike seat in 2009 after extending his contract with the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing squad.
The Aussie rider caused a sensation at this year's Isle of Man TT when he won both races, performances that have prompted the Philip Neill run squad to extend his contract into 2009.
For the moment, Donald will race a GSX-R1000 Superstock machine at this weekend's Knockhill rounds, as well as Cadwell Park later in the month, before returning to his native Australia in early September.
He will also ride in next week's Ulster Grand Prix, as well as teaming up with Relentless again to compete in the Macau Grand Prix in November.
Indeed, having established a good relationship with the team since signing in 2007, Donald claims it was an easy decision for him to re-sign with the outfit, which also competes in Supersports and Superbikes.
"Last year I felt very privileged and excited to be joining Relentless Suzuki. It has been a fantastic experience and I have to be honest and say we have exceeded the results that I expected in my first year; I will be looking to build on that again in 2009.
“I have formed a great relationship with the team and our sponsors; I've also become very friendly with a lot of the crew. Philip and Hector have been great to work for and Philip's input this season has really shown in my results.
“A big shout must also go to Relentless and Suzuki who have shown great enthusiasm, which really inspired me this season. Hopefully we can finish on a high with some top British Superstock results and a solid Ulster Grand Prix next week."
Quite what Donald will be doing in 2009 though remains to be seen, with Neill hinting that he could well be in line for a graduation right up to Superbikes where he would potentially join Michael Laverty.
"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Cameron this year and to have achieved the success we have, makes all the hard work and long hours well worth it. He has been a great ambassador not only for TAS Racing, but more so for Suzuki and Relentless. We are already looking forward to 2009 where Cameron will be joining us for a longer stay, as we plan to start pre-season testing that bit earlier with the all-new K9 GSX-R1000 Suzuki.
“Our main goals will again be to excel at the three international road races, but we have also planned a slightly 'bigger' BSB role for Cameron in 2009. Details on this will be announced in the coming weeks."