Buildbase to run BMW's in 2011

John Laverty will once again ride for the Buildbase team, while Barry Burrell will target EVO glory.
Hawk Racing team has announced it will make a switch from Kawasaki to BMW machinery in 2011, with John Laverty staying on in a three rider line-up.

The team, which has raced under the Buildbase banner for the last two seasons, will enter the BMW S1000RR Superbike, BSB-EVO and Superstock level.

Leading its charge will once again be Laverty, who will embark on his third year of racing with the team having finished as the top Kawasaki rider in eighth position this season, while Barry Burrell will graduate to the EVO class following a run to seventh with Buildbase in the Superstock series.

Though BMW enjoyed a successful induction to BSB competition with victory in the inaugural EVO ranks, this will be the first time the German manufacturer has competed at championship class level.

“Working with BMW Motorrad is a wonderful opportunity and one which I believe will be very successful,” said Buildbase manager Stuart Hicken. “We're very excited about working with the S 1000 RR having seen what it's capable of. And we're bringing our title sponsor, Buildbase along, who are long-time supporters of motor racing and British Superbikes in particular.

“We've put together a team of three very talented riders and, with them onboard the S 1000 RR, which is a proven championship winner, we're looking forward to a fantastic 2011.”

Richard Cooper will be Buildbase BMW's entry in the Superstock class.

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Buildbase (Hawk Racing) will switch to BMW machinery in 2011
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Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Davide Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Darren71 - Unregistered

November 29, 2010 9:11 PM

BMW did not develop the Jentin superbike in was an EVO spec bike. standard engine with a controlled motec Ecu. Cooper is on the SSTK bike in 2011 because BMW know the bike is a winner and with John Kirkham moving up to SBK Cooper should start a strong favourite for the title. Cooper had problems with arm pump early in the season but once the problem got sorted he went out and won at Cadwell.I am sure that Cooper will play a major role in getting a good base setting for the Hawk BMW SBK during winter testing.dont forget this lad rode the WSBK for BMW and he put a 2008 Co-Ordit yamaha on the front row at Mallory park BSB in 2009 so he can ride on slicks. When the BMW superbike is capable of winning BSB races Richard Cooper will be riding one.

Darren71 - Unregistered

November 29, 2010 10:10 AM

Bike race guru.. Bmw put Coops on the stocker to win the title.BMW did not want to do SBK or EVO until the bike was proven. Now that a good high profile professional team have got the BMW deal BMW are now prepared to compete in 'full on' BSB and defend their SSTK championship with Cooper. Stuart Hicken is the best man to develop the BMW to the next level as the Jentin 2010 EVO bike was only just quicker than the SSTK front runners. I am like you Bike race guru.i would love to see Coops on a SBK and i am sure he will be riding one in 2012 when Hawk have got the BMW at the front of the SBK field. GOOD LUCK HAWK RACING ON YOUR NEW VENTURE.

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