BMW Motorrad UK will enter the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship in a joint venture with team Hawk Racing. The new Buildbase BMW Motorrad team will compete in three prestigious British championships next year — two of which the BMW S1000RR dominated in 2010 — with three very experienced and talented racers.
Ulsterman and BSB racer John Laverty, who finished in 8th place in the 2010 championship, will be competing for the MCE British Superbike title. Durham-based Barry Burrell, who came 7th in the 2010 Superstock 1000 championship, will enter the Mirror.co.uk BSB-EVO class for the first time (which allows homologated machines with full Superbike racing rolling chassis, but ‘stock’ engines in order to keep costs manageable). Nottinghamshire man Richard ‘Cooperman’ Cooper will once again be fighting for the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 championship onboard a BMW S1000RR, having taken a pole position, class lap record and a race win in 2010.
In its first year, the S1000RR took the Mirror.co.uk BSB-EVO title, Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship and the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. It has also won Motorcycle News’ prestigious ‘Machine of the Year’ award, Fast Bikes’ ‘Sportsbike of the Year’ and has been crowned ‘International Masterbike 2010’. In fact, all over the world, from Europe to Australia, the RR has won accolades.
Hawk Racing was founded by Team Principal Stuart Hicken in 1996 and has grown from a one-rider 600 Supersport team to a slick and professional squad, capable of fielding a trio of top-level riders in three very competitive national race series, including the world-renowned British Superbike Championship.
Stuart Hicken, Buildbase BMW Motorrad Team Principal, said, “Working with BMW Motorrad is a wonderful opportunity and one which I believe will be very successful! We’re very excited about working with the S1000RR, having seen what it’s capable of. We’ve put together a team of three very talented riders and with them onboard the S1000RR, which is a proven championship winner, we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2011.”
Tony Jakeman, BMW Motorrad UK Marketing Manager, said, “The prospect of working with Hawk Racing is an exciting one. They’re a very capable team and with them onboard we’re confident that the S1000RR will deliver even greater achievements in 2011. We’ll be looking to defend our titles in the BSB-EVO class and Superstock 1000 championship, as well as taking the fight to the MCE British Superbikes, which is the highest level of racing in the country.”