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Supersport champion Seeley back in BSB with Tyco Suzuki

Wednesday, December 07 2011

Reigning British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley will return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in 2012 as the Tyco Suzuki team confirmed today (Wednesday) that he will complete the line-up for TAS Racing alongside Josh Brookes.

The Northern Ireland rider has won two British championships for the Moneymore-based team since joining them in 2009, securing the National Superstock 1000 title which he followed up with the British Supersport crown this year. He will now form a formidable partnership with Australian Brookes in the official Suzuki BSB team. Seeley has previous Superbike experience with the team from the 2010 season; he was one of the Title Fighters in the Showdown and scored a maiden BSB race win.

Seeley said: "I'm very excited to be back with the TAS team for another year, especially getting back on a Superbike, and I'm equally excited about the new Tyco Suzuki colours. The bike looks really well. Once we get some pre-season testing done my aim will be to try and win the championship; that really is my only goal. I think the new rules in BSB will be in my favour, having already won two championships without electronic aids, and I have every confidence in the boys at TAS to give me the best possible package. Until then I'll be doing plenty of motocross and trials riding to hone my throttle control, but I can't wait to get started."

Team Manager Philip Neill concluded: "It's fantastic to be able to confirm Alastair Seeley as our second rider in BSB for next year and also for another North West 200. We have had a tremendous journey with Alastair since we brought him into our set-up at the start of 2009, quite unexpectedly. He was a relative unknown in British championship terms back then, so to be able to turn him into a double champion in such a short space of time is very satisfying. He has been hugely impressive on all types of GSX-R machinery and his goal now is to go on and become the first rider ever to win those three different British championships. He had a great rookie season in Superbike back in 2010; probably the best one we have seen so far. He then took on the Supersport challenge this season with the all-new GSX-R600 and did a great job for TAS Racing and Suzuki, taking ten wins on the way to the championship. We have rewarded that success with another shot in BSB we believe he can be a genuine title contender in 2012."