World Superbike bosses are poised to announce a deal that will see a round of the series held at the new Lake Torrent circuit in Northern Ireland in 2019.
Earlier this afternoon BBC Northern Ireland broke the news that the group behind the Lake Torrent project, Manna developments, has signed a three-year deal with WorldSBK rights holders Dorna.
Dorna representatives, including race boss Daniel Carrera, are visiting the site this evening.
“We are delighted to be adding Northern Ireland as a destination for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, Lake Torrent circuit is a fantastic project that will deliver a high-class facility for competitors and visitors," he said.
"We are proud that Manna Developments and Mid ulster representatives have chosen WorldSBK as their top event for the international promotion of the circuit and region. We know that the proper management of this kind of facility could provide the local community with new opportunities through business, job creation, leisure and tourism. With the large tradition and culture in motorcycling in Northern Ireland, I am sure that this event could become a reference in our Championship in the near future”
Preparatory work began on the Lake Torrent project in September after planning permission was granted for the 2.2 mile circuit with the first phase of developments, including the circuit, pits, medical centre, restaurant, hospitality suites, six business unites a crash and a public ring road to facilitate easy access, due to be complete in 2019.
The move will no doubt be welcomed by both Northern Ireland and three-time World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea, who has a huge following from his homeland.