Former British Supersport champions Mar-Train Racing have been confirmed as Yamaha UK's official road race team in a two-year deal.

The Northern Ireland outfit has spent three successful years in the Supersport class, winning the title with Stuart Easton in 2013, but owner Tim Martin is now turning his attention to the international road races after withdrawing from the series on a high at Brands Hatch, when Alastair Seeley won the final race.

Mar-Train Racing has enjoyed plenty of success with the YZF-R6 and will now campaign the all-new R1 Superbike and Superstock machines in addition to the Supersport bike over the next few seasons at key events including the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and selected Irish road races.

Bradford's Dean Harrison rode the team's Supersport machine at the international meetings this year and is one of the riders Martin is talking to with a view to spearheading the venture.

"To be the official Yamaha UK entrant is a fantastic accolade for a family run team such as ourselves," Martin said.

"We have had a strong relationship with Yamaha UK over the past four years winning two dozen British Supersport races and a North West 200 on the fantastic YZF-R6 plus numerous other National victories. Having the security of a two-year deal shows Yamaha's intentions and commitment to the project and also their confidence that we can put their machines on the top step at the International events," he added.

"This is a fresh and exciting challenge for us and one I am relishing, 2015 cannot come soon enough."

Yamaha Motor UK's Racing Coordinator Karl Radley said it was an easy decision to join forces with Mar-Train Racing following the team's rapid rise to prominence over the past few seasons.

"It's been quite clear over the last few years that Tim and the team at Mar-Train Racing are a very well presented and professional squad, with a huge passion for racing and the ability to build race winning bikes," he said.

"Combined with a huge amount of successes to date and Tim's recent announcement of the team's switch to a roads focus for 2015, our decision to commit to Mar-Train Racing was an obvious one and we're very pleased to have done so.

"We're very much looking forward to working with the team next year and we have every confidence that they can deliver the results for Yamaha."

The team's sole rider is expected to be confirmed within the next two weeks.



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