Danny Kent and Gino Rea will form part of the 2021 Buildbase Suzuki line-up, aboard the GSX-R1000R Superbike in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB). While Tim Neave is returning for his second year in Suzuki colours, battling it out in the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
With a history of competing on the world stage, and previously achieving the status of a World Champion, Danny Kent is likely to raise some eyebrows during his debut season in the superbike class.
The 27-year-old is overjoyed to be given the chance to showcase his worth with such a credible team. The 2015 Moto3 World Champion said: “I am very happy to be joining the successful Buildbase Suzuki Hawk Racing team for the 2021 season.
“I have to say a big thank you to Stuart and Steve for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to begin our journey of working together.”
Challenging for good results in BSB is proven to be no easy task. However, having achieved a great amount of success in his career, his abilities on track are without question and his prospects for the year ahead are looking bright.
“It will be my first full year in the British Superbike Championship so I’m under no illusions that it will be difficult, but I am confident and believe that the team will supply a great package.
“I’m sure if we work hard through the winter programme, we can have a successful year and future together.” He said.
After stepping into the team as a replacement rider last year, Gino Rea displayed enough potential to be offered a full season ride for 2021.
He made a great impression coming into the team with little notice after the opening round of 2020, leading his first BSB race, missing out on his first podium by a small margin at Donington Park.
“I’m so excited to be signing with Buildbase Suzuki for 2021. I’ve admired the Hawk Racing team since I stepped into British Superbikes so I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
“After stepping into the team last year and leading my first BSB race with them, it seems perfect to continue our hard work and great relationship.” He said.
2021 offers a great opportunity for Rea to pick up where he left off last season, adding to his collection of good results and hopefully securing his first British Superbike podium or even a top step finish.
“I’m looking forward to getting my head down and working hard to give the Buildbase Suzuki team the results they deserve.”
Team manager, Steve Hicken, said: “Both of the guys came from Grand Prix and World Championship experience, they proved their capabilities with Danny winning the Moto3 title and Gino securing podiums in Moto2.
“I think that maybe their careers have stalled a little bit and they haven’t gone on to do what they wanted, but hopefully this will be their chance to do that.
“Gino showed what he was capable of getting results after coming into the team late last year. Danny has proven that he wants to be a racer and now he has the opportunity to put himself back in the limelight and challenge for podiums and wins.”
The returning Superstock 1000 rider, Tim Neave has big goals for the year ahead, as his sights are set on the title crown. 2020 saw the Lincolnshire riders first National win, and a couple of podium finishes along the way.
With a successful first season under his belt with Buildbase Suzuki, his confidence is high for the year ahead.
“The plan is to pick up where we left off. My goal is to win a load more races and fight for the championship all year. At the start of last year, I wouldn’t have said I could even fight for a win, but I’ve got full belief right now that we’re in a great place” Said Neave.
Steve Hicken said: “Hopefully we can turn him into a winner and see him fighting again for the top positions. We can expect to see him challenging the top 6, week in week out. I believe that he’s got every opportunity to put himself out there and keep the other guys on their toes.”
The Buildbase Suzuki team arguably have one of the strongest line-ups heading into 2021, with the joint forces of three great riders full of potential, in Superstock and Superbike class.