Buildbase Suzuki- Our History

Here at Hawk Racing, one thing we take great pride in, is our history. Built on a great love for racing, this team has evolved from a one-rider Supersport 600 squad, into a full-fledged motorcycle racing team. We represent Buildbase Suzuki within the world-renowned British Superbike Championship (BSB) and also compete fiercely in the Superstock 1000 support class. 

Founded by a former successful road racer, Stuart Hicken in 1996, our team is built on nothing but pure passion, combined with an unparalleled drive to continue our competitive rein, at one of the highest levels of motorcycle racing. 

After experiencing great enjoyment from racing and preparing bikes during his racing career, following retirement, Stuart couldn’t turn his back to the sport that he developed so much love for. 

Following his years as a racer, his mechanical and technical skills and knowledge were in great demand. He relished the opportunity to begin working in Grand Prix racing and began to manage the White Power suspension support truck for almost a decade. 

With his managerial expertise combined with a wide range of technical knowledge, there were no questions asked surrounding his ability to attain great success as a team manager. 

Stuart was one of the driving forces, which lead a number of high-profile teams to achieving a great amount of triumph within racing. 

This of course, then led to the formation of his own team ‘Hawk Racing’. The years that followed their establishment, their professionalism and exceptional drive to push through challenges and towards success shone through.

In 2004, with limited resources and lacking technical factory support but competing against factory assisted opposition, the team left all excuses in the gravel and developed a new Kawasaki ZX10-R from the ground up. This went on to be a package which became known as one of the best in the championship. Piloted by Scott Smart and Glen Richards, 3 race wins were achieved, backed up by many podiums and two pole position starts. 

Their success continued into 2005 where they finished 2nd in the championship standings with Glan Richards and Dean Thomas. Maintaining their already impressive reputation within racing throughout 2006, 2007 and 2008, they fielded riders across multiple classes in the BSB Championship and Isle of Man TT, they were also winners of the Scarborough Road Races.

In 2009, John Laverty and Tristan Palmer formed part of the BSB grid, representing Hawk racing. This was backed up by a rider representing in both Superstock 600 and Superstock 1000. Luke Stapleford and James Hillier took to the streets of the Isle of Man, running a successful year with a 100% finishing record and a 9thplace finish in the Senior TT race. 

Richard Cooper took to the saddle of the Hawk Racing Superstock 1000 machine in 2011, walking away with the title. 2012 was filled by more success onboard the BMW, with Dan Linfoot securing their first top 10 finish on the new machinery. The team finished the season after having scored a best place finish of 4th with rider, Barry Burrell. 

The impressive performance continued in 2013, as their first MCE BSB pole position was attained onboard the BMW S1000RR.

2014 was Hawk Racing and Buildbase BMW’s most successful season to date, racking up a grand total of seven BSB Championship race wins as well as a career first Superstock 1000 win for Lee Jackson. 

Significant success was also achieved with Michael Dunlop as he claimed numerous wins in the Isle of Man TT Superstock, Supersport and senior races, backed up by a 1st and 2nd place finish at the NW200 Road Race again piloting our Hawk Racing S1000RR.

Another successful race season in 2015 saw Lee Jackson make the step up to take on the challenge of the Superbike class alongside Ryuichi Kiyonari. Richard Cooper also became an addition to the team later in the season. Michael Dunlop made an incredible impression at the 2015 Isle of Man TT, securing the 2nd fastest lap in history around the mountain course with an average speed of 131.51mph. 

In 2016, we took up residence at the Mallory Park Circuit in Leicestershire. Richard Cooper once again lined up on the grid in Hawk Racing colours, alongside Lee Jackson, forming the Buildbase BMQ Motorrad team. Taylor Mackenzie took on the challenge of the Superstock class while Michael Dunlop again represented our team at the Isle of Man TT. 

A switch of manufacturer from BMW to Suzuki in 2017, formed the official Suzuki team, aboard the new GSXR1000. Mackenzie and Cooper switched seats. For 2017, we were also lucky enough to be assisted by Silvain Guintoli, who joined as a test rider to assist in development. 

For 2018, Young talent, Bradley Ray joined the team, our relationship got off to the perfect start, coming away from the first round with a double race win at Donington Park. Richard Cooper rode alongside Ray on the Superbike, while Billy McConnell came onboard to tackle the challenge of the Superstock 1000 championship.

In 2019, Luke Stapleford entered into the BSB Championship alongside returning rider, Bradley Ray. Richard Cooper stepped into the Superstock 1000 Championship securing the title crown in spectacular fashion. 

2020 brought an all-new rider line up to our Hawk Racing Buildbase Suzuki team. Kyle Ryde and Gino Rea; replacing the injured Keith Farmer, rode the GRX-R1000R machine in the BSB Championship with Tim Neave and Leon Jeacock lining up in Superstock 1000.

Round 3 of the 2020 season consisted in some of the greatest success that we’ve achieved over recent years. Kyle Ryde secured two top step finishes, narrowly missing out on a third, while, in the same weekend, Tim Neave rode triumphantly to this first Superstock 1000 win.

Which brings up to now, for the upcoming 2021 season, we are delighted to see the return of Gino Rea, into the Hawk Racing garage. Alongside him, is the 2015 Moto3 World Champion, Danny Kent. The Lincolnshire rider, Tim Neave, will also be returning to the team, competing again in Superstock 1000. We’re overjoyed to be heading into the season with such a strong line-up of riders and feel very confident that many good things are lying ahead.

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