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Suzuki GB announces new partnership with Halsall Racing

Wednesday, December 10 2014

Suzuki GB has announced its partnership with Halsall Racing for the 2015 MCE British Superbike season as the team switches to the GSX-R1000 with a two-rider line-up next season.

Halsall Racing has already taken delivery of 2015 GSX-R1000s and will commence development, with the assistance of Suzuki Motor Corporation, in the new year. The team is set to announce its rider line-up over the coming weeks.

Suzuki GB General Manager, Paul de Lusignan, commented: "We are very pleased to agree terms with Halsall Racing for next season. With the obvious enthusiasm and professionalism of team owner Martin Halsall combined with the unrivalled experience of Jack Valentine as Team Manager, we believe we have a strong foundation to build on for next season and beyond.

"While we're excited for the future with Halsall Racing, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Philip and Hector Neill at TAS for their superb support over the last 14 years, and wish them the very best for the future."

The Halsall Racing team has become more prominent since making its debut in MCE BSB two seasons ago and scoring podium finishes.

Team owner, Martin Halsall said: "We entered into MCE 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."

Team Manager Jack Valentine has a wealth of experience working with Suzuki, having managed World and MCE BSB teams for the brand.

"It's fair to say that this deal is like coming home for me," said 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."

Top photo (L-R): Rob Cooper (Marketing Manager, Suzuki GB), Masa Kuwabara (Assistant to Managing Director, Suzuki GB), Martin Halsall, Jack Valentine and Paul de Lusingnan (General Manager, Suzuki GB).