Halsall team to become official Suzuki BSB effort

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Martin Halsall’s Halsall Racing squad will switch from Kawasaki to Suzuki machinery, taking on the mantle of officially factory supported team for the 2015 MCE British Superbike championship.

And remaining with the team for another season will be key Suzuki veteran Jack Valentine. Formerly the manager of the Crescent Suzuki team that took John Hopkins to within 0.001 of a rookie BSB title in 2011, the team manager will bring crucial experience to the new effort.

“It’s fair to say that this deal is like coming home for me”, commented Valentine. “I know the team at Suzuki well and I also know what the GSX-R1000 is capable of. 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.”

Team owner Martin Halsall added: “We entered into BSB with clear objectives. 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.”

The team’s rider line up is still to be confirmed, but they have been linked already to former Tyco Suzuki riders Josh Waters and John Hopkins, as well as current rider Jon Kirkham and former WSB rider Christian Iddon.

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