Luke Stapleford and Richard Cooper complete Buildbase Suzuki lineup for 2019

Buildbase Suzuki has announced that Luke Stapleford will ride the team’s second GSX-R1000R superbike in 2019, partnering Bradley Ray in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, while Richard Cooper remains with the team for another year and will contest the National Superstock 1000 Championship.

Stapleford – who won the British Supersport title in 2015 – will return to the British Superbike paddock after three seasons in the World Supersport Championship. It’ll be the 27-year-old’s first full season on a superbike, however he boasts previous superbike experience having made a number of BSB wildcard appearances in recent years. For 2019 he is looking to build on that experience and develop into regular front-runner in arguably the most competitive domestic series. 

He took victory in the final BSB race of 2018 and for 2019 Cooper will remain with the Buildbase Suzuki team for a third season. This year the experienced Nottinghamshire ace will return to the hotly-contested Superstock 1000 championship – a championship he won in 2011 and finished runner-up in in 2017 on the new GSX-R1000R – with the clear aim of fighting for the title. More…