Suzuki Racing



Team Suzuki Press Office – November 16.

Hawk Racing will run Suzuki’s 2017 British Superbike Team racing the all-new GSX-R1000 with a two-rider line-up in the Superbike and also the highly-competitive British Superstock class.

Running the new GSX-R – which boasts technology taken directly from Suzuki’s GSX-RR MotoGP machine – Hawk Racing becomes one of only four superbike teams worldwide to be officially supported by the firm in 2017, joining the illustrious company of Endurance World Champions Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT), Yoshimura AMA Superbike team and the Yoshimura Suzuki Suzuka 8-Hour team.

Hawk Racing has also retained the services of 2016 Superstock Champion Taylor Mackenzie, who returns to Suzuki after racing a GSX-R600 in the British Supersport championship in 2013 and 2014.

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.

“We’re really pleased to be able to welcome Taylor Mackenzie back to the Suzuki family, and with the potential that new bike possesses – with its MotoGP technology and impressive specification – we’re confident that we’re with the best team to maximise the performance and turn it into results.”

Hawk Racing Team Principal Stuart Hicken commented: “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.”

Taylor Mackenzie added: “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 pleased to be returning to Suzuki: They’ve made a massive step forward in every area with the new bike and I think it’ll be great from the word go. Also, with Hawk behind me again, I have every faith that we’ll be in for a great year in 2017.”

The new GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R feature an all-new engine that uses a variable valve timing system and finger-follower valvetrain developed through competition in MotoGP and produces 202PS at 13,200rpm. Both models also utilise a new frame and swingarm, with the GSX-R1000 suspended by Showa’s Big Piston front forks and Showa rear shock, while the GSX-R1000R gets Showa’s race-ready Balance Free technology at the front and rear. There’s also a comprehensive electronics package across both models, with an inertial measurement unit governing a 10-mode traction control system and anti-lift under heavy braking. The R model also features cornering-ABS, launch control, and a bi-directional quick-shifter and auto-blipper.

Pictured (left to right): British Superstock Champion Taylor Mackenzie, Suzuki GB Marketing Manager Rob Cooper and Hawk Racing Team Principal Stuart Hicken.

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