Cooper goes back to Superstock 1000 with Buildbase Suzuki

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Richard Cooper will stay with the Buildbase Suzuki squad in 2019 but returns to Pirelli National Superstock 1000 action where he was champion in 2011 and runner-up two years ago.

Cooper is very likely to be a hot favourite for the title before a wheel has been turned after the bike has taken championship second twice in a row.

“The aim this year is the championship, definitely. The GSX-R1000R has finished twice, narrowly, the last two seasons in Superstock, and I want to deliver the team and Suzuki the championship,” said Cooper.

“I had a good end to the year in Superbike and it was good to win the last race of the year, but it’s going to be equally competitive in Superstock in 2019, with some new riders and teams. But I think a good winter, some changes with the team and to the bike, and also my previous experience should give us a head start.

“This year I want to go out and enjoy my racing again, and hopefully that’ll come with race wins and, fingers crossed, a championship.”

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