Suzuki's GSXR Factory Squad made their first public appearance today in the Bikesport section of the Autosport International Show at the NEC, they are also scheduled to appear tomorrow (Sunday).

With a new rider and bike line-up for 2001, the Suzuki GB and Cresent Racing GSX-R Factory Squad look likely to make a major impact on the UK road racing scene, with the team riders competing in five races at each British Championship round.

Scotsman John Crawford, who will be competing in the British Superbike Championship onboard a factory backed GSX-R750 machine in 2001, will headline the GSX-R Factory Squad. Crawford, a two-time British Supersport Champion, is one of the most popular riders in the paddock and a real title contender.

Karl Harris will race Suzuki's stunning GSX-600 in the British Supersport Championship. Twenty-one year-old Harris is a former European Superstock Champion and one of the brightest young stars in British racing. He is one of the hot-favourites to take the title in 2001.

Harris will be joined in the squad by a yet-to-be-named rider who will compete on a similar GSX-R600 in the new Junior Superstock class. Suzuki is hoping to announce this rider soon.

John Crockford completes the Suzuki GSX-R factory Squad line-up. The ex-Superbike star will be competing in the British Superstock series onboard Suzuki's new GSX-R1000 in 2001.



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