It’s official, Suzuki has announced its withdrawal from the British Superbike Championship for 2023. This news comes after Hawk Racing split from the team and left them without a rider for the upcoming season.
The decision to withdraw follows their exit from MotoGP competition at the end of 2022, as well as their termination of factory support in the Endurance World Championship. It’s been speculated that this could be part of a larger shift in focus for Suzuki, who have been focusing more on street bikes and less on racing in recent years.
What Does This Mean for BSB?
The departure of Suzuki leaves a big hole in the British Superbike Championship. They had been one of the most successful teams in recent years, with riders such as Leon Haslam and Shane Byrne taking home multiple titles.
However, despite their absence, there are still plenty of contenders vying for the championship title this year. The Bennetts British Superbike Championship is known for its close competition and exciting races, so fans can expect plenty of action-packed moments during the 2023 season.
Who Are The Frontrunners?
With Suzuki out of the picture, there are now several teams looking to take home the championship title this year. Honda Racing UK have been strong contenders in recent years and will be looking to build on their success with new signing Glenn Irwin at the helm.
Other teams to watch out for include JG Speedfit Kawasaki and Be Wiser Ducati, both of whom have strong lineups that could challenge Honda for top spot this year. There’s also Tyco BMW who have signed former champion Josh Brookes to lead their team into battle this season.
What Does The Future Hold For Suzuki?
Despite withdrawing from BSB, there is still hope that we may see Suzuki back on track soon. They recently announced plans to enter MotoAmerica next year with a two-rider team led by former MotoGP rider Toni Elias and reigning AMA Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier at the helm. This could be just what they need to get back into racing form and make a return to BSB in future seasons.
Whatever happens next, it’s clear that Suzuki’s withdrawal from BSB marks an important moment in motorcycle racing history – one that will no doubt shape how teams approach future championships going forward.