British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley finally signed on the dotted line to race in BSB next year for the Tyco TAS Suzuki team.
After Seeley wrapped up the BSB title last year, it was assumed he would automatically stay with TAS Racing and move back up to BSB where he rode an impressive rookie year in 2010.
But Seeley wanted to explore all the options first, so while Brookes’ signing was announced at Motorcycle Live three weeks ago, Seeley was talking to several other teams including Swan Yamaha and Padgetts before finally agreeing to stick with the team that also helped him dominate the National Superstock championship in 2009.
Brookes must start the 2012 campaign as one of the hot favourites for the title. But it would be folly to rule out the equally determined Seeley, who showed that he could run with the best by making the BSB Showdown in 2010 before being switched to British Supersport to race and promote the all-new GSX-R600.
“It’s nice to be back in BSB,” he told MCN on Friday, minutes after the ink dried on his 2012 contract. “I had a strong year in BSB in 2010 and thought I’d get a crack at the title in 2011, but Suzuki needed me to focus on Supersport.”
“We brought that title home and now I’m back in superbike with the aim of being the first rider to win the title in all three classes.”
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