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GBmoto stick with Honda for BSB debut
22 December 2011
GBmoto Racing has confirmed it will continue to rely on Honda power in 2012 following the team's step up to the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Tristan Palmer provided the team with three victories, five podium finishes and a new lap record in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 series last season and has been retained by the Sussex-based outfit for its ambitious move to BSB.
GBmoto Racing has a wealth of experience in the sport having won the UK Endurance Championship in 2004, 2007 and 2008 and with Palmer in superb form in 2011, the team enjoyed a memorable debut in the British Superbike paddock this year.
Palmer, plus another yet-to-be-confirmed rider, will ride Honda's CBR1000-RR in the class for GBmoto Racing. The team is working closely with P&H Motorcycles in Sussex and will receive four new Hondas early in the New Year.
A test is planned in mid-February before the outfit travels to Cartagena in Spain in March for further testing ahead of the opening British Superbike race over the Easter weekend at Brands Hatch.
Mark Smith-Halvorsen, team principal, told the official British Superbike website, www.british superbike.com, said the team's decision to continue to run Honda machinery would enable them to build on their knowledge and experience of the bike.
“We considered many options in detail, before making the decision to use Hondas in BSB next year. I think most are already aware of the excellent balance of the chassis and the performance it can produce whilst complying with next year's technical regulations,” he said.
“For us, it also allows us to make the most of our in house knowledge and experience, whilst retaining an independence, which I think is healthy in this sporting environment.
“Having said that, we will be relying heavily on our technical partners to help us put together and understand the performance parameters of the Superbikes and we look forward to achieving mutually beneficial returns in those areas.
“Our expanded team for next year is already excited and neck deep in preparation for the bikes and all sorts of new things to happen and arrive and our plans to be competitive next year are firmly underway. This is an exciting time.”