Hawk Kawasaki Preparing for 2006 British Superbike Season - March 20th 2006
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After a very successful pre season test at Snetterton at the weekend (19th March), Stuart Hicken and his Hawk Kawasaki Team are in high spirits as they head for the first round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend (24th - 26th March). In the extremely cold conditions the three Hawk riders, Dean Thomas, Craig Coxhell and Peter Hickman managed a number of consistent lap times at the Norfolk based circuit. Riding on board the Dunlop shod Kawasaki ZX10's each are feeling confident as they head to the opening round.
33-year-old Dean Thomas will be contending his second season for Hawk and the Australian is extremely excited about the prospect of racing again. 'It seems like it's been a long time since we last raced at Brands Hatch in October. I've been lucky that I was granted two wild card rides in the opening rounds of the World Supersport series, which has made me more eager to get back to racing in the UK. I'm feeling very different this season and looking forward to gaining some strong and positive results for the Hawk Kawasaki Team.'
Fellow Australian 23-year-old Craig Coxhell will join Thomas during 2006. Coxhell has not competed in British Superbikes since 2004 and spent last year competing in the European Superstock Championship, securing a fantastic 3rd position overall. He is eager to get the British season underway 'I'm really looking forward to racing in the UK again especially with a team like Hawk. I've learnt so much in the last 12 months and I'm keen to demonstrate that on the tracks over here, racing abroad taught me a number of new skills and disciplines. I know the Championship is extremely tough but I know I will never improve if I am not mixing in with it all.'
Peter Hickman is the youngster of the group at only 18 years of age he will be the youngest rider in the British Superbike class this season. Hickman, who has had the support from Hawk before, most notably when he lifted the British Superstock Cup Championship in 2004. An exceptionally talented rider he is looking forward to his rookie year in the British Superbike class. 'Stuart (Hicken) has given me a huge opportunity this year and one that I couldn't possibly refuse. I like the way the team works and I am hoping to put what I have learnt over the last few years into good use on a Superbike. It will be an all new experience for me but I am looking at securing some good top 15 finishes at the start of the year and working my way up to a top ten by the end of the season.'
Team Manager Stuart Hicken is delighted with his rider line up this year. 'I'm extremely happy with the riders that I have riding for me this season. It's good to have Dean back on board and also the two younger riders in the team who I am hoping will develop and progress through the season. Everyone in the Hawk team has been working around the clock to ensure that the team is ready for the first race at Brands Hatch on the 26th March. We've had a lot of work to do with the arrival on the new ZX10's but I am confident that we will be able to gather a good assortment of positive results throughout the season.'
2006 British Superbike Calendar:
- Round 1 - 24 - 26 March Brands Hatch, Kent
- Round 2 - 07 - 09 April Donington Park, Derbyshire
- Round 3 - 14 - 17 April Thruxton, Hampshire
- 21 April Official BSB Test Oulton Park
- Round 4 - 29 Apr - 01 May Oulton Park, Cheshire
- Round 5 - 19 - 21 May Mondello Park, Southern Ireland
- Round 6 - 02 - 04 June Mallory Park, Leicestershire
- Round 7 - 16 - 18 June Snetterton, Norfolk
- 05 - 06 July Official BSB Test Croft
- Round 8 - 14 - 16 July Knockhill, Scotland
- Round 9 - 21 - 23 July Oulton Park, Cheshire
- Round 10 - 11 - 13 August Croft, North Yorkshire
- 17 August Official BSB Test Cadwell Park
- Round 11 - 26 - 28 August Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire
- 31 August Official BSB Test Silverstone
- Round 12 - 15 - 17 September Silverstone, Northamptonshire
- Round 13 - 29 Sept - 01 Oct Brands Hatch, Kent