Halsall Suzuki has announced its rider line-up for the forthcoming British Superbike season, with Josh Waters and Christian Iddon riding the GSX-R1000 for the new-look team in the world’s most popular domestic superbike championship.
With two Australian Superbike titles under his belt on GSX-R machinery, Waters will continue his long-standing relationship with the brand and – after an admittedly difficult start to the 2014 season – will be looking to pick up where he left off last year, with two race wins and consistent challenges at sharp end of the field.
Joining the 27-year-old Aussie is nine-time British Supermoto champion and World Supersport podium finisher Christian Iddon, who impressed the British Superbike paddock by qualifying on pole position with a wildcard appearance at Assen last year.
Josh Waters said on signing with the Halsall Suzuki team for 2015, “It’s great to be staying with Suzuki and I’m really looking forward to moving into the Halsall team, and I’m excited to be back in British Superbikes for a third year in 2015.
“I really enjoyed riding a couple of rounds for Martin [Halsall] in 2013 and Jack Valentine has such great experience with Suzuki so I can’t wait to get working with him.
“The team has a good plan and I can’t wait to ride the bike for the first time later this year. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to start this season where I left off at the end of 2014.”
New teammate Iddon added, “I’m really excited about joining Halsall Suzuki for 2015. The bike has clearly got pedigree; two years ago it finished second in the championship and last year Josh won races on it. With the added experience of Jack Valentine, I’m really confident about this package.
Team Manager Jack Valentine commented on the signings, saying, “I’m really pleased we’ve signed Josh and Christian to ride the Halsall Suzuki in 2015. Josh has a wealth of experience with the GSX-R and he’s already highlighted some of the areas he’d like to improve. His strong end to the 2014 season shows the bike has got potential and he is determined to get the most out of it.
“Christian joins us having spent two years racing in World Superbikes and impressing with podiums and front row starts in World Supersport. He showed the kind of results he is capable of rocking up at Assen last year with an unproven bike only to go and take pole position. I’m confident he’ll get on really well with the GSX-R.
“In Josh and Christian we’ve got a really strong line-up, one that I believe is capable of taking Suzuki back into the British Superbike showdown.”