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Buildbase Suzuki
Buildbase Suzuki
TEAM MANAGER
Steve Hicken

BUILDBASE SUZUKI PEDIGREE


The Hawk Racing team is owned by Stuart Hicken who after retiring from competitive racing, worked on Grand Prix bikes for a decade before switching to team management, forming his own team before entering the Championship in 1998.

The team immediately racked up the results; winning the Cup championship in their debut season with Phil Giles before they scored their first podium with Glen Richards in 2003 and a maiden race win with Scott Smart in 2004.

Hicken's team were victorious in the National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2011 as Richard Cooper won the title.  The team showed strong progress at the start of the 2012 season with Linfoot scoring the team their first top ten finish since switching to BMW machinery.

The team scored BMW their first Bennetts BSB pole position at Donington Park in 2013 and came tantalisingly close to securing the title that season when Ryuichi Kiyonari went head-to-head with Shane Byrne for a fourth title before injury ruled him out of the final decider. 

The team switched to Suzuki with some strong finishes in 2015 and turned the new Suzuki into a race winner with Sylvain Guintoli at Assen in 2017.

The team claimed race wins and a position in the Showdown with Bradley Ray, and last year were race winners with Kyle Ryde, who ended the season in ninth place in the standings, with Gino Rea standing in for Keith Farmer, who was injured at the season opener.

The team’s 2021 line-up features Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent, as he joins Moto2 podium finisher Gino Rea to campaign the GSX-R1000R Superbikes. Kent, who won his coveted title in 2015, joins the Superbike grid after racing in the Superstock Championship last year, where he was a race winner and podium finisher. Rea remains with the team after an impressive appearance during 2020, claiming a best finish of fourth at Donington Park.

TEAM INFO


TEAM OWNER
Steve Hicken
BASED
Leicestershire
FIRST RACE
1998

VIEW FROM THE TOP


“I think we’re going to have one of the most talented rider line-ups on the grid this season. As a world champion at Grand Prix level, Danny’s ability is beyond question, and while he’s still relatively new to big capacity production bikes we saw him win in Superstock last year, and I think he’ll be able to adapt to the superbike very quickly and will be very exciting to watch. “Gino’s credentials also speak for themselves as a European champion and podium finisher in Grand Prix, and I think some continuity in BSB after a couple of unsettled years will help him show his best. We started to see what he could do at the tail end of last year – leading and fighting for a podium – and hopefully we can pick up from where we left off and continue that form from the off this season.” Steve Hicken, Team Manager

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