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Seeley back in BSB with Tyco Suzuki

Alastair Seeley to partner Josh Brookes in new-look TAS Racing team

BRITISH Supersport champion Alastair Seeley will return to the British Superbike championship in 2012 after signing with the Tyco Suzuki team.

Seeley will join Josh Brookes in the new-look TAS Racing outfit. The Northern Irish rider has two British championship victories with his compatriot squad, winning the Superstock 1000 title with them in 2009 and the 600cc championship last season.

The 32-year-old from Ballymena last rode in the Superbike series for the TAS team in the 2010 season, finishing amongst the Title Fighters with 6th in the Showdown and scoring his maiden BSB win at Brands Hatch.

"I'm very excited to be back with the TAS team for another year, especially getting back on a Superbike," said Seeley, "I'm equally excited about the new Tyco Suzuki colours. The bike looks really well."

Seelly took part in the last World Superbike test standing in for the injured John Hopkins on the Crescent Suzuki, he continued: "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 added: "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 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."

The 2012 British Superbike championship kicks off on 6-9th April at Brands Hatch. Click here for the 2012 British Superbike calendar.

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