Ulster motorcycling star Martin Barr is to switch camps next year and ride for the highly successful Wulfsport team based in Crossgar and run by local businessman Roger Magee.
Magee said: "We have a letter of intent from Martin and it's only a matter of a few days before we draw up and sign a formal contract. The plan is that Martin will ride for us next year in the British and World Championships. He will be in the MX2 class along with our existing rider Shaun Simpson and we are very excited about the prospect. Regarding the MX1 slot we will be naming our rider shortly."
Barr has struck form in recent weeks and was a star attraction at the Moto Cross of Nations which took place in Washington DC a fortnight ago. Barr was ninth in one of the MX2 races which was his best ever placing and he said: " I really enjoyed myself and felt I had earned my trip to America. Regarding next year I feel I have a big chance of going up the ladder in the British Championship in which I finished seventh in the MX2 class last year as well as 26th in the world."
Barr's new team mate Simpson was fifth in the British Championship this year and 24th in the world.
Meanwhile, James Toseland can become one of the "best riders that Britain has ever produced" if he wins his second world title, according to former British Superbike champion John Reynolds.
The 26-year-old HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider goes into this weekend's final round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours with a 29-point lead over Alstare Suzuki rider Max Biaggi.