Alastair Seeley will return to the British Superbike Championship in 2012 after signing a deal to race for the new look Tyco Suzuki squad. Seeley last raced in the BSB for the TAS Racing run team in 2010, qualifying for the championship showdown, but stayed with the Northern Irish outfit to win the British Supersport Championship this year.
Seeley is not expecting a settling in period on his return to Superbike machinery and is already planning a title challenge in 2012.
“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.”
Seeley forms an impressive team with Australian Josh Brookes and Team Manager Philip Neill is delighted to have Seeley back in the Superbike fold.
“It’s fantastic to confirm Alastair Seeley as our second rider in BSB for next year. We have had a tremendous journey with Alastair since we brought him into our set-up at the start of 2009. 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 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 year with the all-new GSX-R600 and did a great job for TAS Racing and Suzuki. We have rewarded that success with another shot in BSB we believe he can be a genuine title contender in 2012.”