Cooper switches to Bathams BMW for Superstock title defence - Bikesport News

Cooper switches to Bathams BMW for Superstock title defence

Reigning Pirelli National Superstock 1000 king Richard Cooper will defend his title aboard a Bathams BMW in 2020.

Cooper won the crown with Buildbase Suzuki but after six years with Steve Hicken’s team decided it was time to look for a new challenge.

“I’ve been with Hawk Racing for six years and had the best of times with them. We won a lot of races and two championships together; I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for everyone there,” said Cooper.

I’m looking for a fresh challenge now and would love to try and win back to back championships on different bikes, so when the seat became available at Bathams Racing, all the stars lined up for me.

“I’m already counting down the days until I get to throw a leg over the bike that pushed me so hard in 2019, but for now I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Hawk Racing for all their support over the years and wish them the best of luck for 2020.”

Following an extremely competitive 2019 season which resulted in Taylor Mackenzie finishing runner up in the championship and comfortably the highest-placed BMW rider, Bathams have been tasked with spearheading BMW Motorrad’s official entry into the 2020 National Superstock 1000cc championship.

“For such a small team, I’m obviously very proud that we have attracted the support from a premium manufacturer like BMW Motorrad in such a short space of time,” said team boss Michael Rutter.

“It’s a fantastic endorsement of all the hard work by everyone involved with the team and all the sponsors who have supported it so far.

“I’m especially pleased for Matt and Tim Batham who have supported me personally for ten years, and without whom the team would not exist at all. They are so passionate about not just the team, but the sport in general that for Bathams Racing to become BMW Motorrad’s official entry for the Superstock class is nothing less than what they deserve.”

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