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Aussies Brookes and Donald complete Relentless by TAS Suzuki lineup

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Aussies Cameron Donald and Josh Brookes have signed with Relentless by TAS Suzuki for the 2011 season, Brookes will compete in the British Superbike Championship while Donald will focus on the International Road Racing scene in 2011.

Both riders will be joining Guy Martin who signed for the team earlier in the week.

Brookes is set to make his first appearance in their distinctive black and white livery at a European test in early December. Both Donald and Martin's full programme of races for 2011 will not be announced until the New Year, although the team can provisionally confirm the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix at this time

27-year-old New South Welshman Brookes finished this season's British Superbike Championship in second place overall, amassing five victories from 13 podiums, but will be looking to go one better in Relentless by TAS Suzuki colours in 2011. Brookes is currently at home in Australia preparing for the 2011 BSB campaign but is delighted to have secured his Relentless by TAS Suzuki deal for a full-on assault on next season's Championship.

"I'm really excited about the whole project to be honest," Brookes said.

"I obviously know the strength of the GSX-R1000 Superbike having raced alongside the guys this season in BSB, so once Philip discussed his ideas with me, I was keen to go in the Suzuki direction straight away. Everything has come together very easy and the whole thing feels really good to me. I'm also looking forward to basing myself in Northern Ireland for next season as I know the boys have a top working environment over there. I just want to do my training, get fit and focus on my racing. I'm confident I can do that with Relentless by TAS Suzuki and the end product will hopefully be the Championship," Brookes concluded.

Donald will remain in the TAS Racing set-up for a third successive season and the double TT winner is very much looking forward to renewing his connection with the team, on a full stable of GSX-R machinery.

"What can I say apart from, I couldn't be happier to be racing for Relentless by TAS Suzuki again in 2011, Cameron Donald said.

"My goal, as always, is to win International Road Races and I know better than anyone I need to come out fighting in 2011. In saying that, I couldn't have a better team in my corner for the job ahead and the only way I can thank Philip and Hector's loyalty is by winning races next season. Securing this deal will also make the trip to Macau for the Grand Prix later this month a whole lot more enjoyable for all involved. Hopefully we can put on a good show in the Far East as it feels like the start of 2011 for me already."

Team Manager Philip Neill said, "Even though Brookes was my undisputed number one choice for next season I didn't think Josh would become available, so to say I'm excited to have secured his signature would be a bit of an understatement. I've admired him as a rider ever since I first watched him race and as an ex-motocross man like myself, I found it very easy to relate to him when we entered into our discussions. It has all come together very well and pretty much along the same lines as the Guy Martin deal. That's the way I like to do business. I'm also pleased that he has decided to base himself in Northern Ireland next year close to our workshop. This will give the whole team a better chance to get to know him and I'm sure he'll enjoy the Northern Ireland way of life."

On the re-signing of Cameron Donald, Neill added, "After a lot of rumours on who we might sign for 2011, I think it's very good news that Cameron is back onboard for 2011. It's been well documented that this season has not been his best in Relentless Suzuki colours, but having fought back from a bigger injury than some people imagined in 2009, a TT Superbike podium was no mean achievement.

"He knows what it takes to win on the Isle of Man and with a 131mph lap also under his belt, we believe Cameron will be back to his very best on GSX-R machinery in 2011. We never enjoy having to let anyone go from our set-up, so we're delighted to welcome him back into the fold alongside new signing Guy Martin. I'm sure both boys will be a credit to our sponsors and fans."

Main Photo: Josh Brookes and his new ride
Cameron Donald is back with Relentless by TAS Suzuki for a third season.

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