BSB: Iddon, Waters land Halsall Suzuki rides

Halsall Racing signs Christian Iddon and Josh Waters for its first season in the British Superbike Championship as a Suzuki GB-supported team.
Halsall Racing has announced Christian Iddon and Josh Waters will form its rider line-up for the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship, riding a pair of factory-backed Suzukis.

Halsall racing heads into its third season of competition having assumed control of Suzuki GB's involvement in British Superbikes from BMW-bound TAS Racing, the Jack Valentine-helmed squad having entered a single privateer Kawasaki in 2013 and 2014.

Heading up its charge will be two-time race winner Waters, who moves teams but stays on Suzuki machinery, and Iddon, who turns to BSB competition in 2015 after stand out performances on the international stage with MV Agusta and Bimota in recent years.

For former Australian Superbike champion Waters won two races aboard the Tyco Suzuki en route to ninth in the overall standings and, having signed for Halsall before its deal with the manufacturer came about, says he is pleased to be sticking with the GSX-R1000.

"I am really happy to be back in the Championship again next season and it is great to be staying with Suzuki for 2015. I have had a lot of success in my career with Suzuki so to be back with them in Martin's [Halsall's] team is really exciting.

"We ended the 2014 season strongly with the Suzuki, so next year we want to hit the ground running and start where we left off. I feel like I already know the Suzuki and with the support we have we can only improve and go for more podiums and more wins. I know that the team with Jack [Valentine, team manager] have a lot of experience and are really determined for next season, so we are all feeling ready to get started."

Save for a handful of appearances over the years – including one outing on a Bimota at Assen in 2014 -, this is set to be Iddon's first full season in BSB. Nonetheless, after race wins in British Supersport, a podium in World Supersport and an eye-catching part-season turn on the Alstare Bimota in World Superbikes, Iddon is looking forward to be tackling BSB with an accomplished manufacturer team.

"I am really happy to be back and with an official team. I have never ridden a Suzuki before so that's a new and exciting experience for me. The team are really working hard ready for the new season. The Halsall Racing team have had a rapid and meteoric transition from when they first joined the British Championship paddock and with the backing from Suzuki GB they will only get stronger.

"I have spent two seasons developing new bikes, which has made me a stronger rider, but with the Suzuki and the combined experience of the team and Jack [Valentine, team manager] we can hopefully fire in some settings that only need refining so we can hit the ground running at the start of the season.

"As a rider I am excited to get back to the Championship to race in front of the huge British crowds - they are the best in the world, and that is one of the things I am most looking forward to in 2015."

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January 09, 2015 12:40 PM

right, very good election with Iddon and maintain Waters, i really feel for Hopper, i know is not a good year, but in dry conditions use to did better than Waters after all, and also show some good shines through the year, maybe the last train has pass for him, but who knows, looks Shogun Kiyo, he comeback with a BMW after disastrous Honda year...i was expecting Iddon stay one year with the bike he knows, helping Bimota team...hope a privateer Kawa team looks Hopper, i would like to know what´s he is able to with Kawa (as i feel for Camier for a private Kawa in SBK last season...)

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