Hawk joins Honda as Buildbase Suzuki partnership ends| BSB Staff | British Superbikes
Hawk Racing has announced its new 2023 Honda partnership after over a decade supported by Buildbase and six seasons with Suzuki in BSB.
While the Buildbase/Hawk Racing partnership was one of the longest in Bennett’s British Superbike history, after the two joined forces back in 2009, 2023 sees a new era for the Leicestershire squad.
A new manufacturer, in Honda, and two new title partners for riders Charlie Nesbitt and Josh Owens - each with unique liveries - will adorn the charges for the coming season. Nesbitt on board the MasterMac by Hawk Racing Honda and Owens on the Crendon by Hawk Racing Honda.
“Our decision to explore alternative options to Suzuki follows the manufacturer’s recent announcements about its racing activities globally, and the absence of news about the possibility of a new GSXR 1000,” a Hawk statement read on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday’s livery reveal.
“Firstly I would like to thank MasterMac and Crendon for supporting us to compete in Bennetts BSB for what will be our 25th year in racing,” Team Manager Steve Hicken said on the new partnerships. “It’s a tough financial climate for just about everyone at the moment so we’re particularly delighted and grateful that they’ve both joined the Hawk Racing family as our title sponsors, represented by two new liveries.
“We know it’s going to be a highly competitive series once again but the fact a Honda finished second overall last season highlights the bike’s potential,” he continued on the change in manufacturer.
“With two very talented young riders in Charlie and Josh on board, together with our knowhow and experience behind the scenes, we think it’ll be a competitive package.”
The bikes will be developed from factory versions of the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, with Hawk Racing making the array of modifications permitted under Bennetts BSB regulations to maximise performance.