Tyco Suzuki duo Guy Martin and Conor Cummins will compete at next month's Armoy road races in Northern Ireland.
Martin has been a regular supporter of the popular national meeting, while Manx rider Cummins – aiming to bounce back from the disappointment of missing the Isle of Man TT through injury – will make his debut at the event.
The pair will take on last year's man of the meeting, Michael Dunlop, his brother William and Ryan Farquhar as they warm up for the Ulster Grand Prix in August, the final major international road race of the season in the UK.
The Armoy road races were established to honour the memory of the 'Armoy Armada', a legendary quartet of riders including Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson, Frank Kennedy and Jim Dunlop who were revered in the seventies and eighties.
Entries for the race are due to close on Monday and Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy said he was delighted the Northern Ireland-based team would be in action at the North Antrim venue.
We've just received entries for both Conor Cummins and Guy Martin for the Armoy road races,” Kennedy said.
“We are absolutely delighted that they are joining an already great entry.
“My understanding is that Conor needs more time on the roads before the Ulster Grand Prix, and his management team believe that Armoy would be a good run for him and help him to get some miles under his belt,” he added.
“As we all know he had to sit out some of the TT due to a hand injury and he lost a few days' good road racing.
“I'm very happy that they are coming along to our great wee national road race, here in Armoy.”
The news is a significant boost for road racing at national level at a time when poor grids at the recent Mid-Antrim 150 and Bush road races coupled with inclement weather put a dampener on both events.
Practice for the Armoy meeting takes places on Friday, July 27 with race day on Saturday, July 28.