Buildbase Suzuki have officially confirmed the signing of Christian Iddon and Danny Kent, ahead of their 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship assault.
In doing to, the Factory supported Suzuki crew are arguably in possession of one of the strongest rider line-ups on this year’s BSB grid.
Iddon returns to Suzuki machinery for the first time since 2015 and is coming off the back of a remarkably strong and consistent 2021 campaign.
Registering the year with a total of 11 podiums finishes and a coup of race wins, his 2022 goal is clear- to put up a serious title fight.
Iddon told MCN: “I’m really pleased to be joining Buildbase Suzuki and Hawk Racing.
“I think we’re cut from similar cloth in that they love their racing, they’re very passionate about it, and they just quietly get on with it.
“I also think the team is underrated by a lot of people – though not by me – despite their achievements, and they don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
“But you only have to look at the races and championships they’ve won and how they always get the best out of their riders to know it’s a great team. So, I think we’re well-suited to each other.
“And I think we can mount a serious title challenge. That’s got to be the aim, to be champion can only ever be the aim.
“Of course, that’s not easy with so many bikes so close on performance and good riders on the grid, but if we get the best from the bike and from me, we can have a go.”
On the other side of the garage, making his return to the championship following injury, is 2015 Moto3 World Champion, Danny Kent.
Kent sustained a dislocated and fractured hip during a crash last August at Donington Park. However, after a well-structured and productive rehab process, his 2022 hopes are set high.
Prior to his season concluding injury, Kent demonstrated great progress in adapting to the Suzuki GSXR Superbike, landing a career first BSB podium at Thruxton, claiming P3.
Kent said: “I’m really grateful to Steve and Stuart [Hicken] for giving me another year with the team.
“Obviously, I missed the whole second half of last season with the injury, but we definitely saw some positives in the first half of the year, the podium at Thruxton being the standout.
“But it was my first full year on a superbike, and I felt I was adapting more and more, and the potential was definitely there.
“I was gutted to miss the second half of the year, especially as I could see the development of the bike and the improvements the team were able to make that resulted in a couple of wins.”
2022 sees the absence of Buildbase Suzuki’s former pilot, Gino Rea, who leaves the BSB paddock for competition in the Endurance World Championship.
Rea proved that the GSXR was capable of achieving strong results last year, claiming two victories during the penultimate round of 2021.
With the baton now passing to Iddon, Kent’s 2022 effort is set to be a challenge as he finds himself sharing a garage with who is arguably the most prominent rider in the paddock.
Kent added: “I’m looking forward to having Christian [Iddon] as a teammate. He’s been a serious championship challenger for the last couple of years and there aren’t many better riders for me to learn from.
“He’s one of the most established riders in the paddock, he’s got lots of experience and he’ll be a podium challenger, so I think it’s a great signing for the team. I’m excited to get going.”
There’s no denying the sheer potential in Buildbase Suzuki’s 2022 attack, with two well experienced and talent fuelled riders at the reins.
The duo is arguably in contention of being there in the title showdown towards the end of the season.