Published 06/11/2012 | 10:09
AFTER four successful years together, which produced two British titles and numerous North West 200 wins, TAS Racing and Alastair Seeley have decided on an amicable split, with the Carrickfergus rider looking to pastures new, while Tyco Suzuki will remain in British Superbike with a two-rider line-up in 2013.
Team manager Philip Neill openly admitted that he would be sorry to see Alastair go, but didn't rule out an opportunity for the 2011 British Supersport champion to return to the Suzuki fold in the future. Neill said: 'It's never an enjoyable day when you have to let a rider go, especially when he has brought success to your team, but we have parted on very good terms and who knows, we may see Alastair back on one of our GSX-Rs in the future. 'After a tough year in BSB, Alastair has decided that he would like to return to the Supersport class – a decision that I fully support. Unfortunately we are unable to offer Alastair a position in Supersport at this time, as our main focus will again be in British Superbike with Tyco and Suzuki in 2013. 'There are only a handful of top rides in any class, and the last thing I wanted to do was hold Alastair back as he needs to move swiftly to secure a deal for next season. 'Everyone within the team wishes him well. He has done a sterling job for TAS Racing, Suzuki, Tyco and all our other associated sponsors this past four years, and I'm sure he will be successful wherever he goes.' Seeley was also philosophical about this week's announcement and added: 'I've had a great time working with Philip and Hector, all the boys in the team, Suzuki GB and our various sponsors. 'They took me to two British titles and I learned a lot about all aspects of the sport during this time. For that I'd like to thank them and Suzuki, but everything comes to an end at some point and I admire Philip for being honest with me so early after the season has finished. 'It allows me time to find a new position, but I'll still be calling in for a 'brew' and a yarn with the boys next year. 'It's a small industry and, as Philip says, who knows, I could be back on a Suzuki at some point before I hang the leathers up.'