Relentless Suzuki have announced the signing of Australian sensation Cameron Donald for 2008.
Cameron got his first taste of the GSX?R Suzuki line-up in a closed test session at Kirkistown just a few days ago, completing 100 laps of the Co Down circuit.
In the afternoon session on the GSX?R1000 Relentless Suzuki Superbike, the Australian consistently dipped under the outright lap record.
His programme for 2008 will focus on the three international road races; he will also take in one of the three British championship classes. An announcement on this will be made in the coming months.
Donald said: "It just doesn't get any better than this. I feel privileged to ride for Relentless Suzuki and it's a great opportunity for me.
"Once we'd sorted out the deal I was anxious to get out on the track and try the bikes. We all know how good the Supersport and Superstock Suzukis are but when I came in after riding the Superbike I couldn't stop smiling.
"I just thought, I can definitely win on this bike. I haven't stopped smiling to be honest. It's a new challenge for me and I'm also really looking forward to riding at the British circuits in 2008."
Meanwhile, only four weeks after breaking his top rib and left collarbone into a number of pieces while qualifying at Namur in Belgium for the MX1 GP, Newtownards rider Gordon Crockard - who was knocked unconscious in the high-speed incident and suffered severe whiplash - is back on two wheels.
Unfortunately, it's not on his PAR Homes Honda just yet but, after initially expecting to be recuperating until the New Year, Gordon is already out on his road bike, punching in the miles to keep his fitness level at a respectable level.
Crockard is still uncertain if he can make the trip with the Irish Team to the Motocross Des Nations in the USA at the end of the month, and a decision on his position will be made next week after a meeting with his consultant.