Team Suzuki Press Office – January 7.
Double British Superbike race winner Josh Waters and World Superbike EVO front runner Christian Iddon will join the Halsall Racing Team in 2015, spearheading Suzuki’s official entry in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
The move will see Waters continue his long relationship with Suzuki, having taken two Superbike titles for the Japanese marque in his native Australia between 2009 and 2012. In 2014, the 27-year-old took the Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two race victories and secured a brace of top six results.
Having spent two years racing on the world stage, Iddon will return to Britain in 2015 for what will be his first full season in the MCE British Superbike Championship. The 30-year-old is no stranger to success in the UK having taken two victories on his way to fifth place in the 2012 British Supersport Championship. The nine-time British Supermoto Champion also impressed by taking pole position in a wildcard appearance at the Assen round of British Superbikes last year.
Last month Halsall Racing announced a partnership with Suzuki GB which sees the Bolton-based outfit become Suzuki’s official British Superbike representative from the 2015 season.
Josh Waters: “I’m excited to be back in British Superbikes for a third year in 2015. It’s great to be staying with Suzuki and I’m really looking forward to moving into the Halsall team. I really enjoyed riding a couple of rounds for Martin in 2013 and Jack Valentine has such great experience with Suzuki so I can’t wait to get working with him.
“The team has a good plan to make the bike as strong as possible for 2015 and I can’t wait to ride it for the first time later this year. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to start this season where I left off at the end of 2014”.
Christian Iddon: “I’m really excited about joining Halsall Suzuki for 2015. The bike has clearly got pedigree; two years ago it finished second in the championship and last year Josh won races on it. With the added experience of Jack Valentine, I’m really confident about this package.
“It has to be said the Halsall team have had a meteoric rise in the championship, just a few years ago they were in in the Superstock 1000 class and now they are a factory supported British Superbike team. I originally stopped doing Supermoto with a view of winning a championship, so I expect to be running at the front!”
Martin Halsall – Team Owner: “It is looking really exciting for the Halsall Team as we embark on our new adventure with Suzuki. We’re really looking forward to working with Josh Waters and Christian Iddon; they both have a lot of promise and I think they will fit in great with the team. We’ll be doing our best to put together a great package for the pair of them and can’t wait to get started in a couple of months’ time.”
Jack Valentine – Team Manager: “I’m really pleased we’ve signed Josh and Christian to ride the Halsall Suzuki in 2015. Josh has a wealth of experience with the GSX-R and he’s already highlighted some of the areas he’d like to improve. His strong end to the 2014 season shows the bike has got potential and he is determined to get the most out of it.
“Christian joins us having spent two years racing brand new bikes in World Superbikes, impressing with podiums and front-row starts on the Supersport MV Agusta and strong EVO results on the Bimota BB3. He showed the kind of results he is capable of rocking up at Assen last year with an unproven bike only to go and take pole position. I’m confident he’ll get on really well with the GSX-R.
“In Josh and Christian we’ve got a really strong line-up; one that I believe is capable of taking Suzuki back into the British Superbike showdown.”
Middle Photo: From left: Suzuki GB Marketing Manager Rob Cooper, Assistant to Managing Director, Masa Kuwabara, Martin Halsall, Suzuki GB General Manager Paul de Lusignan and Halsall Suzuki Team Manager Jack Valentine.