2009 BRITISH SUPERSTOCK 1000 sensation Alastair Seeley will race in this weekend's BSB races at Silverstone.
The tiny Irishman will be the first rider to race a new class of Superbike in the UK as part of an early outing in the BSB series.
The new BSB Evolution class will replace the current privateer's cup in a bid to cut costs and encourage more riders to take part.
BSB Evo will be open to anyone in the series from the official manufacturer-backed teams through to independent entries and will allow homologated machines with full Superbike racing rolling chassis to retain the very important visual impression but engines will have to be built to very stringent "Stock" regulations. Along with standard engines a series specified control ECU device that eliminates any form of traction control, launch control and anti-wheelie devices will be compulsory.
The new class will be introduced next season alongside existing full FIM World Championship specification Superbikes and is planned to encourage new rider, team and manufacturer participation as well as yielding significant annual budget relief in the region of up to £200,000 per team in tuning, engine rebuilds and complex electronic packages.
BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs said: "This is a significant development for BSB. With the support of the manufacturers and teams we have safeguarded the future of the series by opening up opportunities that were being obstructed simply by the prohibitive costs. The objective is that the BSB Evo class will compliment the current full FIM WSB specification bikes and provide our audiences with a full grid of the best teams and riders on as many different eligible makes of motorcycle as possible. By radically grasping the issue of electronics we will eliminate a significant cost and regain some of the spectacle that fans and riders are clearly missing. There will be a minimal performance difference between the two specifications, however the overall situation of more teams, riders and manufacturers and above all significant cost savings will fully vindicate the introduction of the BSB Evo class."
Seeley will be riding a Relentless TAS Suzuki in BSB Evo spec this weekend. His bike will be made up of a Superbike chassis with a stock GSXR1000 Suzuki engine, gearbox, clutch and standard Yoshimura 'EM Pro' electronics without any form of traction control fitted.