Manx Grand Prix winner James Cowton has linked up with Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team to contest the Supertwin races at the North West 200.
The Yorkshire rider took the honours in the 400cc Newcomers race at the Manx GP in 2012 and joins young guns Jamie Hamilton and Connor Behan in the Northern Ireland team.
Cowton also finished fourth on his Mountain course debut in the Junior race, lapping at 115mph.
The 21-year-old is tipped for a bright future on the roads and in addition to the NW200 and Manx GP will compete at the Southern 100 and Oliver's Mount plus selected Irish national road race meetings.
Team boss Farquhar said: “I'm delighted to welcome young James to the team and he'll ensure we'll have further presence at both the International and national road races during the course of 2013.
“His signing further highlights our team ethic of bringing on young riders and at just 21 years of age, he fits the bill perfectly.
“He's already shown tremendous potential and the Supertwin will be the ideal machine for him to make his debut at the North West 200 and is sure to take him to strong results at all other meetings.”
Cowton described the move as a 'dream come true' and intends to draw on Irish road racing star Farquhar's vast well of knowledge.
“To be joining the new KMR Kawasaki team is like a dream come true for me and a huge honour.
“I've really taken to the roads so far and that's where I see my future so to have someone like Ryan guiding me is brilliant,” he said.
“His achievements over the years are staggering and I couldn't wish for a better person to help and advise me.”
Farquhar's new-look KMR team will be backed by Nothern Ireland's Vauxhall dealers this season.