How it all began…

Hawk Racing was founded by Team Principal Stuart Hicken in 1996.  Since its inception Hawk Racing has grown from a one-rider 600 Supersport team to become Buildbase Suzuki’s official entry in the world-renowned British Superbike Championship (BSB), as one of the most competitive and professional squads in the paddock.

Stuart Hicken has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the sport since he started racing motorcycles in the late 1960s. During his successful 12 year racing career, Hicken gained as much pleasure from preparing his bikes as he did from riding.

After retiring from racing, his mechanical and technical skills were in great demand – especially in Grand Prix, where he managed the White Power suspension support truck for almost a decade.

Stuart’s technical and managerial expertise, gained at motorcycle racing’s highest level, led him to manage and achieve success with a number of high-profile national and international BSB Championship teams, such as Medd Racing and Rêve Racing.

Built on Success

In the years that followed, the team achieved a number of significant successes. Not least in 2004 when, competing against factory backed opposition (and on a fraction of their budget), they developed the new Kawasaki ZX10-R (from scratch).  The bike, although lacking in horsepower, provided one of the best packages in the championship, the achievement was all the more remarkable when you consider there was no technical support from the factory.

Scott Smart & Glen Richards were retained to run the all new ZX10-R taking 3 race wins and numerous podiums and two pole positions, the highlight being a 1st and 2nd at Mallory Park.  John McGuiness joined the team for half the season and gained a podium finish at the Brands Hatch round of BSB and finished 2nd at the Ulster GP.

The star of 2004 was Scott Smart, who through his electronic and technical knowledge helped to create a bike that was not only capable of winning races but consistently proved it.  Scott demonstrated his zeal for winning (with three victories under his belt) and finished 4th in the championship.

2005 saw the team finish 2nd in the teams championship with Glen Richards and Dean Thomas several podiums during the saw overall rankings of 5th and 6th place.

Throughout 2006, 2007 and 2008 Hawk Racing continued to battle at the highest level of the domestic series fielding riders in several classes including BSB Championship, Superstock, Isle of Man TT and winners of the Scarborough Road Races.

2009 saw John Laverty and Tristan Palmer in British BSB Championship backed up with a rider in each of the Superstock classes 600cc and 1000cc, Luke Stapleford and James Hillier respectively and rounded off with 100% finishing record at the Isle of Man TT with a superb 9th place in Senior TT.

2010 British BSB Championship rising John Laverty was retained and partnered with Adam Jenkinson, with Barry Burrell and Lee Jackson contesting the National Superstock 1000cc series.

In 2011 the team were victorious in the National Superstock 1000 Championship as Richard Cooper won the title.

The team showed strong progress at the start of the 2012 season with Dan Linfoot scoring the team their first top ten finish since switching to BMW machinery. Barry Burrell then gave the team their best finish of the season at Brands Hatch with a fourth place which was continued by Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland in 2013. The team-mates had gone head-to-head at Donington Park for the final Showdown position, which ‘Westy’ sealed on result countback. The team scored BMW their first MCE BSB pole position at Donington Park.

2014 saw Hawk Racing’s and Buildbase BMWs most successful season to date, during this remarkable season the team won seven British BSB Championship races. Lee Jackson took his first ever Superstock 1000cc win at Thruxton and our Roads Campaign saw Michael Dunlop win the Isle of Man TT Superstock, the Supersport 2, and the Senior, races, with a win and second position at the NW200 on board the Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR.

In 2015 Lee Jackson moved into Superbikes alongside Ryuichi Kiyonari. Lee had a successful début year, with several top 10 results. Richard Cooper joined the team late in the race calendar and Michael Dunlop made a sensational return to the team mid-way through practise week at the Isle of Man TT races. Michael went on to secure the 2nd fastest lap in the history of the event with a 132.515mph lap of the mountain circuit on BMW machinery.

2016 saw the team move to its new home at Mallory Park Circuit, which Stuart took management of in 2014.  The team saw Richard Cooper once again line-up alongside Lee Jackson to form the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team for the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. Taylor Mackenzie headed-up a title challenge in the National Superstock class and Michael Dunlop led the Road Campaign, tackling the gruelling Isle of Man mountain course aboard the BMW S1000RR.

In 2017 Hawk Racing switched manufacturer, and made their assault on the BSB championship as the official Suzuki team with the all new GSXR1000.  With lots to learn, the team enlisted the services of Sylvain Guintoli, whilst Mackenzie and Cooper switched seats, with Taylor taking the BSB reigns, and Richard heading the Superstock 1000 challenge.

In 2018, the team switched up, welcoming Bradley Ray to the Official British Superbike Championship alongside Richard Cooper, while Billy McConnell was taken on as a rider in the Superstock 1000 Championship. A perfect way to start our relationship with Bradley as he went on to secure a double win at Donington Park.

In 2019 it was confirmed that Luke Stapleford would be joining us alongside Bradley Ray in the British Superbike championship. Richard Cooper took on the challenge of the Superstock 1000 Championship, achieving the goal of securing the 2019 title crown.

For 2020, the official line-up heading into the season was looking strong- with Kyle Ryde and Keith Farmer racing in the Superbike class and Tim Neave and Leon Jeacock flying the Buildbase livery in Superstock 1000. An injury for Keith Farmer during round 1 meant he was unable to continue with most of the season, however, did return for the final races of the year. Gino Rea stepped in to replace him and adapted well to the new bike and team environment, securing a best place finish of 4th at Donington Park. Round 3 of the season at Silverstone will be looked back on as one of our best weekends together. An outstanding performance from the team with Kyle Ryde securing a double win, narrowly missing out on a third while Tim Neave took his first Superstock 1000 race victory. In two occasions in 2020 we were also joined by Michael Dunlop, who raced with Tim Neave and Leon Jeacock in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class.

For 2021 Gino will be remaining with us in British Superbikes, alongside the former Moto3 World Champion, Danny Kent, while Tim Neave will be continuing to battle it out in Superstock 1000.