Kicking off the 2015 with big news, Halsall Racing announced on Wednesday they have a new force to be reckoned with ahead of the new season with a new manufacturer as Josh Waters and Christian Iddon joining the team.
|Waters and Iddon in their 2015 colours
Photo: Halsall Racing
Australian Waters is making the move from Tyco Suzuki for his third season in the British paddock, meaning he is brining his knowledge of the GSXR with him after securing a top nine finish in the championship standings in 2014, securing his first wins at Brands Hatch and Assen.
Joining him will be Christian Iddon following a tough season aboard the Bimota in the World Superbike championship, as well as making a wildcard appearance in the BSB class at Assen.
Josh Waters speaks ahead of his return to the team: “I’m excited to be back in British Superbikes for a third year in 2015. It’s great to be staying with Suzuki and I’m really looking forward to moving into the Halsall team. I really enjoyed riding a couple of rounds for Martin 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 to make the bike as strong as possible for 2015 and I can’t wait to ride it 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”.
Christian Iddon has similar feelings to his new team-mate and looks forward to working with the team: “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.
It has to be said the Halsall team have had a meteoric rise in the championship, just a few years ago they were in in the Superstock 1000 class and now they are a factory supported British Superbike team. I originally stopped doing Supermoto with a view of winning a championship, so I expect to be running at the front!”
Team manager Jack Valentine hopes his team full of experience will bring the newly rejuvinated team into the Showdown at the end of the season: “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 brand new bikes in World Superbikes, impressing with podiums and front row starts on the Supersport MV Agusta and strong EVO results on the Bimota BB3. 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.”