BSB: TAS Racing confirms end of Suzuki relationship

TAS Racing announces it has ended its collaboration with Suzuki after 14 years of success on the circuit and on the road.
TAS Racing has officially confirmed it will 'take on a new challenge in 2015' by severing its ties with long-term collaborators Suzuki.

The Northern Irish-based outfit has notched up dozens of accolades with the Japanese firm in both international road racing and short circuit competition, with the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and British Superbike Championship amongst its most successful endeavours.

However, rumours of a split with Suzuki have surfaced in recent weeks, with the team instead tipped to establish a new factory-backed relationship with BMW instead.

Though this a new deal with BMW is yet to be confirmed, TAS Racing has announced it is concluding its association with Suzuki after 14 years.

“I have to be honest and say it will certainly be a challenge to change direction after such a long period of time leading the charge for Suzuki, both in British championship and also on the international road racing scene,” said team manager Philip Neill.

“On behalf of our team, my father Hector and I would like to personally thank Suzuki for their support over the years. Having enjoyed a long term family relationship with Suzuki, it was an absolute honour to have been given the opportunity to represent the brand.”

“I have met and worked with some great people within the Suzuki organisation, many of whom will remain personal friends, which shows the level of mutual respect we have shared over the years. I'm sure we will see them in British championship and at the international road races next year, and while we will focus solely on our own success, we certainly wish them well.”

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December 09, 2014 12:04 PM

By definition every era has to have an ending. Suzuki's commitment to racing outside of MotoGP has been questionable for years now. TAS are a brilliant team that deserve more than Suzuki has been prepared to offer. I'm not sure that BMW will offer any more, but that bike has more potential than the Suzuki anyway. Will this mean Guy Martin on a TAS Beemer at the TT next year? I surely hope so.

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