Northern Irish dream team as Seeley joins Martrain

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'Wee Wizard' Alastair Seeley will join the Martrain Yamaha team for 2014, as he looks to regain his British Supersport crown as well as add to his tally of North West 200 wins.

Seeley will replace reigning champion Stuart Easton at the Northern Irish team as Easton returns to Superbikes, and after proving the Scotsman's main rival in 2013 will surely start the season as favourite.

Seeley, who has ten NW200 wins alongside his British title, said: “It was an absolute no brainer for me to join Mar-Train Racing for the 2014 season. I watched Easton on the Yamaha R6 all year, so I knew it was a fast competitive package and for me it’s the bike to be on. Another big factor for me was working with a local team again, as this has brought me success in the past – so I’ll be doing my best to retain the British Supersport crown for Tim and Sonya and the whole Mar-Train team.”

Team Principal Tim Martin added: “We spoke to Alastair about riding for us this season, but for whatever reason that didn’t work out. In hindsight it maybe wasn’t a bad thing as it gave us another year to establish ourselves in the class, and he now comes to a British championship winning team.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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