BSB: Halsall Racing to split with Suzuki

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Bennetts Suzuki team boss Martin Halsall has announced the team will end its association with the Japanese manufacturer at the end of the 2016 season.

Citing frustrations with a lack of clear information regarding the new GSX-R1000, Halsall has opted to pursue different avenues for the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship ending his two-year relationship with Suzuki. 

Suzuki unveiled the latest edition of its flagship GSX-R1000 Superbike last Autumn in Milan, but as of yet there is no sign as to when the bike will launched for sale – something Halsall feels puts him in a predicament when looking to sign riders for the 2017 season. 


“We have certainly taken a great deal of positives from this season but it has not been without its challenges,” said Halsall in a statement released by the team. “Challenges that I can only say have been hindered through our association with Suzuki.” 

“The manufacturer unveiled their new machine in November 2015 and their intention was to make that bike available to Halsall Racing sooner rather than later. The reality has been far from that and the delivery date has been continuously delayed throughout the year. The bike was presented to the public in 2015 yet it is still to make an appearance, despite repeated promises from Suzuki and that is far from acceptable. 

“While we unfortunately missed out on a place in the Showdown, the team remains confident we can finish the 2016 campaign on a high with Tommy. He is very happy and we are hopeful his services can be retained next year. 

“My planning for the new season must begin now so we can be competitive by the start of the 2017 campaign. Over the coming weeks I will be working to secure another manufacturer and a second rider in order for us to mount a serious title assault next year.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing