Suzuki will be represented in the World Supersport Championship for the first time since 2008 after Team Suriano announced its plans to enter a pair of GSX-R600s.
Suriano has previously spent two seasons competing at WSS level with Triumph machinery, the Italian outfit enjoying a particularly successful 2012 campaign that yielded a maiden podium finish and saw Alex Baldolini finish seventh in the overall standings.
However, having been the only full-time team to persevere with the Triumph 675 Daytona in 2012, Suriano will now join forces with Suzuki for 2013, a manufacturer with which it has formerly enjoyed success at domestic level.
Though not seemingly factory-supported, Suriano have ambitious plans for the coming year, hinting that it may also venture into Superstock racing.
”During the last two Seasons, during which we worked on the team ParkinGO old bikes, have been success full but now is the time to jump in a new project," said team manager Antonio Suriano. "We go back at Suzuki, a brand with which we shared lots of satisfactions.
“We will join the Supersport and we are defining our two riders. It's a matter of days and we will unveil their names. We are even thinking about join the Stock. Our aim is to develop a bike that's not even in the championship at the moment and to take it at the highest place in the ranking."
Save for the odd wild-card performer, Suzuki hasn't been represented full-time in the World Supersport Championship since 2009 when Hoegee entered Barry Veneman and Alex Polita before folding mid-season. Hoegee Suzuki's last full season in WSS was in 2008 with Veneman and Didier van Keymeulen.
However, despite the welcome return of Suzuki, the announcement raises doubts as to whether Triumph will continue to be represented on the WSS stage. No other team raced the three-cylinder machine full-time in 2012, while the British manufacturer has already pledged support to Smiths Gloucester Racing in the British series only.
Suzuki isn't the only manufacturer that could be making a comeback next season either, with MV Agusta once again believed to be considering an entry in 2013. Rumours have linked them to a potential deal with 2011 champions ParkinGO.