British Supersport Championship team Mar-Train Racing has signed highly rated road racer Dean Harrison for the international meetings in 2014.
The exciting Bradford prospect will compete in the Supersport class at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix plus the Southern 100 and Scarborough meetings next season.
Harrison will continue to ride for RC Express Racing on Kawasaki machinery in the Superbike and Superstock classes.
This year, the 24-year-old showed his potential with an excellent fourth place finish in the Superstock race at the TT, which he followed up with seventh place in the second Supersport race.
Northern Ireland's Mar-Train Racing team has long been a loyal supporter of the North West 200, but team boss Tim Martin was keen to spread his wings next year to take in the TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
Harrison, who will make his debut at the Macau Grand Prix in November, said: “We had a good year on a 600 Yamaha this season, but hopefully we can do a better job on what is definitely a stronger package with the Mar-Train bike.
“I've always wanted to stick with the same bikes that I was on, so the Mar-Train deal is perfect for me as they have so much more data and experience. Hopefully we can have a good season.”
Mar-Train Racing celebrated a stunning British Supersport success after Stuart Easton secured the title for the team last weekend at Brands Hatch.
The breakthrough came one year after Jack Kennedy was cruelly denied the chance to become champion after machine trouble forced him to retire from the final race.
With proven credentials in the British championship, team principal Martin is now setting his sights on the roads in 2014 in addition to his short circuit commitments.
“The plan for 2014 was to spread our wings a little and get involved in the international road racing scene,” he said.
“We have dabbled before but with Dean on-board and another rider secured – who we will be announcing next week – I believe we can challenge at the sharp end next season on the roads with two very exciting and talented riders.
“It's all about exposure and return for our sponsors, both old and new, and the road races that we have chosen will play an important supporting role to our 2014 British Supersport campaign as defending champions.”