BSB: Halsall Racing to run Suzuki BSB effort

Halsall Racing will take over from TAS Racing as Suzuki's manufacturer-backed effort in the British Superbike Championship.
Suzuki has announced its participation in the MCE British Superbike Championship will be assumed by Halsall Racing from 2015.

Having confirmed the end of its association with TAS Racing yesterday, Suzuki will instead team up with Halsall Racing for the first time to enter a pair of Suzuki GSX-R1000s for two as-yet-unconfirmed riders.

For eponymous team owner Martin Halsall, the move to a manufacturer backed effort – having run privateer Kawasakis in 2013 and 2014 – is a fine reward for its efforts in those two seasons.

“We entered into BSB with clear objectives”, he said. “We always intended to be here long-term, but our ultimate goal was to represent a manufacturer at the highest level. While our agreement with Suzuki meets that objective, this is really the beginning of a new future for us as a team. I would like to thank Suzuki for the faith they have put into everyone at Halsall Racing and look forward to the season ahead.”

As well as a significant coup for Halsall Racing, which only made its BSB debut in 2013, the move signals a return to the manufacturer for team manager Jack Valentine having enjoyed success in a similar capacity with Crescent Racing until 2012.

“This deal is like coming home for me,” he said. “I know the team at Suzuki well and I also know what the GSX-R1000 is capable of. Martin has put a lot of his own money into this project and to be given the chance to become an official team is brilliant for him.

“We have a great team of engineers at Halsall Racing and with the support of Suzuki and the knowledge I can bring from my previous experience, I'm confident we can hit the ground running at the start of the season.”

The Halsall Suzuki will make its track debut in testing early next year, with the rider line-up announced in due course.

Halsall Racing has managed three podiums since entering BSB, with Lee Costello and Tommy Bridewell in 2013, while Jon Kirkham finished third in the 2014 Brands Hatch finale.

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December 10, 2014 2:09 PM

John Hopkins has gone past his sell by. He started last season well overweight and rode like a pudden for most of the year. Time to move along and get one of our younger British riders on a good bike. As for Suzuki, will they put more money and effort into providing a competitive bike for a change? There's no point in starting well and not improving the bikes during the season, as they've done before.

Peter Light

December 12, 2014 10:35 AM

This team will be fine if Halsall leaves running it to Jack. If he gets involved it will be the same as the last couple of years. Riders changed more often than the oil and Jack walking away because he is not being allowed to run the team properly.

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