Suzuki have joined forces with the Hawk Racing team for the 2017 MCE British Superbike season and will use the Japanese firm’s new GSX-R1000 machine.
The new GSX-R – which boasts technology taken directly from Suzuki’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer – sees Hawk Racing become one of only four superbike teams worldwide to be officially supported by the firm in 2017.
The team will field a two-rider line-up in the BSB championship and will also compete in the National Superstock 1000 series.
Suzuki GB marketing manager, Rob Cooper, said: “We’re really excited about going racing next year with the all-new GSX-R1000, especially with Hawk Racing, as the most experienced and longest standing team in the paddock. 2017 is a big season for us with the new bike.
“Having a two-rider superbike team capable of running at the very front next year is important, but it’s also equally important for us to demonstrate the bike’s ability and competitiveness in the Superstock series.”
Hawk Racing team principal, Stuart Hicken, added: “For Hawk to be working with a manufacturer that has a history of racing is very important. What Suzuki has done in MotoGP in such a short space of time is impressive, and there is so much technology that has come from the GP bike to the new GSX-R1000.
“We have met with the project leader and I think they’ve done an unbelievable job with the new bike, and we’re confident of putting it at the front.”
The team have also retained the services of reigning Superstock champion, Taylor Mackenzie, who returns to Suzuki after racing a GSX-R600 in the British Supersport Championship in 2013 and 2014.
Mackenzie said: “I’m really excited for 2017. I’ve had a really successful year with Hawk Racing in 2016, and I couldn’t have imagined riding for anyone else next year. I’m also really glad to be returning to Suzuki.
“They’ve made a massive step forward with in every area with the new bike, and I think it’ll be great from the word go. And with Hawk behind me again I have every faith that we’ll be in for a great year in 2017.”