MCE British Superbike heavyweight Josh Brookes will make his road racing debut at the international North West 200 in May.
Brookes, last year's championship runner-up, has already confirmed his participation at the Isle of Man TT in June for Northern Ireland's Tyco Suzuki team, which has an illustrious road racing heritage.
The Australian rider is set to compete alongside Guy Martin in the Superbike and Superstock races at the North West 200 on May 18 on the GSX-R1000 machines.
Brookes, who bases himself in Northern Ireland during the racing season, said: “The North West 200 is another box I wanted to tick in my career and being my local race while I'm based in Northern Ireland, it's going to be an exciting place to make my road racing debut.
“I've been asked many times this past few days what my expectations are, but until I get out there and sample the public roads and negotiate strange obstacles like road traffic roundabouts, I'll not know what to expect,” he added.
“Obviously my main focus this season will be to win the British Superbike Championship, but as a competitor I'll want to give a good account of myself at the North West on my debut, and in the Tyco Suzuki guys, I believe I have the best machinery and back-up to do that.”
Team manager, Philip Neill, said that while Tyco Suzuki's ultimate aim this year is the win the BSB title, the NW200 is 'also a very important event'.
“Obviously it has taken a while to sort out all the details, but this now completes Josh's racing campaign for 2013, which will be quite a busy programme,” said Neill.
“Winning the British Superbike title remains our number one goal as a team, but the North West 200 is also a very important event for Tyco Suzuki and all our associated sponsors, as we have had a lot of success there over the years.
“Like any newcomer to the North West, there is no pressure on Josh, other than to enjoy the experience.
“Once he has completed his road racing campaign at the North West and TT, only then can we evaluate his future on the roads.
“But granted it is an exciting prospect for the organisers and the fans, to have one of the leading BSB riders on the grid, and with both he and Guy [Martin] camped under our awning – I expect it to be a very busy event for all at Tyco Suzuki.”