Road racing sensation and Metzler Racetec National Superstock 1000 runner Cameron Donald has signed to stay with the TAS Relentless Suzuki team for 2009 today.
The Aussie scored a fantastic double win at the TT this year for the Irish outfit, and is set to compete this weekend at Knockhill in the Superstock 1000 series before heading back home to Australia after the Cadwell Park round on August Bank Holiday.
And with the Ulster next week and Macau in November, Donald still has road commitments to fulfil in 2008.
Donald said: “Last year I felt very privileged and excited to be joining Relentless Suzuki.
“It has been a fantastic experience and I have to be honest and say we have exceeded the results that I expected in my first year; I will be looking to build on that again in 2009.
“I have formed a great relationship with the team and our sponsors; I’ve also become very friendly with a lot of the crew.
“Philip and Hector have been great to work for and Philip’s input this season has really shown in my results.
“A big shout must also go to Relentless and Suzuki who have shown great enthusiasm, which really inspired me this season.
“Hopefully we can finish on a high with some top British Superstock results and a solid Ulster Grand Prix next week.”
And Team Manager Philip Neill said there could be a BSB deal within the newly signed contract for his retained rider.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Cameron this year and to have achieved the success we have, makes all the hard work and long hours well worth it,” added Neill.
“He has been a great ambassador not only for TAS Racing, but more so for Suzuki and Relentless.
“We are already looking forward to 2009 where Cameron will be joining us for a longer stay, as we plan to start pre-season testing that bit earlier with the all-new K9 GSX–R1000 Suzuki.
“Our main goals will again be to excel at the three international road races, but we have also planned a slightly ‘bigger’ BSB role for Cameron in 2009.
“Details on this will be announced in the coming weeks.”