By Adam Duckworth
The entire Suzuki World MX GP team will make their race debut at the Hawkstone International on February 7 in the run up to the word championships which kicks off later that month in Qatar. With 10-times world champ Stefan Everts as the new team manager, the squad will field Ben Townley, Kevin Strijbos, Jeremy Seewer, Brian Hsu and Bas Vaessen in the MX1 and MX2 classes.
Former world champ Townley, lured out of retirement after a stunning ride in the Motocross of Nations, retired from full-time racing in 2013. He said: "I'm really looking forward to restarting my career in the UK at Hawkstone Park. I've got a huge amount of friends and family that will be there for my first race back! Hawkstone will be a key event on my calendar as I prepare to tackle the MX GP World Championship again in 2016 with Suzuki. It will give me an indication of my physical form and bike set-up a few weeks in advance of the first GP in Qatar."
His team-mate Kevin Strijbos was totally dominant at the Hawkstone International in 2015; winning the overall MX1 class and going on to take the Super Final win. "Hawkstone Park is a track I enjoy riding at a lot and I am looking forward to going back there in February. I had a good result there this year and will be fighting for the same result in 2016," said the Belgian.
Everts said: "I am very happy to return to Hawkstone Park, it will be my first big appearance with the Suzuki team so it is going to be very special! Also with the return of Ben Townley it will be very cool to go back racing with him." Seewer, Hsu and Vaessen will ride in the MX2 class.