Buildbase Kawasaki riders Tristan Palmer and John Laverty are targeting podiums in this year's British Superbike Championship as the team took the wraps off its 2009 contender.
The team, formerly known as Hawk Kawasaki, lose the bike's instantly recognisable green décor in favour of the red hues that are more in keeping with major new sponsor Buildbase.
Revealed during the Brands Hatch media day, both Palmer and Laverty, Superbike Cup champions in 2007 and 2008 respectively, got the chance to shakedown the ZX-10R around the Kent circuit.
After promising 2008 seasons in which Palmer scored in all but one race on the way to tenth in the standings and Laverty romped to the Cup title, both riders are expecting big things in 2009.
“Top six results from the first couple of rounds would be ideal, but we are targeting the podium”, Laverty told Crash.net
. “I think that is achievable, it is going to be tough though because sixth could easily be tenth. If we can get around sixth place then the goal will be to get on the podium after that.”
Team principal Stuart Hicken, who ran Scott Smart on a sole Kawasaki in 2008, shares Laverty's confidence.
"We are delighted to once again be part of the Brands Hatch season launch and to be able to showcase our new livery for the first time on the Buildbase Kawasaki ZX-10R,” he said.
“We have two new riders for 2009 in John and Tristan who I believe to be great talents and I am sure we will see more from them this season. They have both been BSB Cup champions in the past and the whole team is now eager to get the season underway at the Brands Hatch opening round."