Superstock champion Alasitair Seeley has been confirmed as a Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider for 2010 – but what’s now clear yet is whether he’ll race a full BSB bike or ride an Evo-spec bike as the third member of the team.
Team boss Philip Neill said: “Alistair definitely has a ride with us next year but we’re still in discussions with sponsors whether we’ll run a two or three-man team.”
Ian Lowry’s future with the team is still up in the air.
The BSB rookie of the year finished fifth in the points but team is desperate to sign a front-line runner who is capable of winning races.
Neill added: “We’d definitely like to keep Ian Lowry but we also want to be in a position to challenge for race wins and although Ian did a fantastic job this year, I’m not sure he’ll be ready to run right up front next year.”
If the team can find the back to run three riders, it seems Lowry’s position in the team will be assured. If the team only run two riders, the situation is not so clear cut.
Meanwhile, Seeley was understandably delighted to have secured his position. “I’m over the moon.
"There’s a lot of riders far from sorted yet. I’m sorted and can look forward now to getting back into some hardcore training and then pre-season testing in Spain.
“The closest I’ve come to real pre-season testing is racing at Daytona in 2006.
"I came back to do the Irish Nationals and while everyone was spending time blowing away the cobwebs, I was straight into it.
"Testing abroad may not be totally relevant to racing in BSB but it does get you back into racing mode and that’s important.”