November 29 2010.

BMW Motorrad is to enter the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship in a joint venture with Hawk Racing, backed by renowned national builders' merchant Buildbase.

The new Buildbase BMW Motorrad team will contest three prestigious British championships next year - two of which the BMW S 1000 RR dominated in 2010 - with three very experienced and talented racers.

Ulsterman and BSB racer John Laverty, who finished in eighth place in the 2010 championship, will be contesting the MCE British Superbike title. Durham-based Barry Burrell, who came seventh in the 2010 Superstock 1000 championship, will enter the BSB-EVO class for the first time. Nottinghamshire man Richard Cooper will once again be fighting for the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 championship onboard a BMW S 1000 RR, having taken a pole position, class lap record and a race win in 2010.

The S 1000 RR is BMW's first ever supersports machine and has enjoyed huge success both on the track and in the showroom. In its first year, the S 1000 RR took the BSB-EVO title, Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship and the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. It has also won Motorcycle News' prestigious 'Machine of the Year' award, Fast Bikes' 'Sportsbike of the Year' and has been crowned 'International Masterbike 2010'.

Hawk Racing was founded by Stuart Hicken in 1996 and has grown from a one-rider 600 Supersport team into a slick and professional squad cabale of fielding a trio of top-level riders in three very competitive national race series, including the British Superbike Championship.

Stuart Hicken, Buildbase BMW Motorrad Team Principal, said: "Working with BMW Motorrad is a wonderful opportunity and one which I believe will be very successful. We're very excited about working with the S 1000 RR, having seen what it's capable of. We've put together a team of three very talented riders and with them on board the S 1000 RR we're looking forward to a fantastic 2011." 

Tony Jakeman, BMW Motorrad UK Marketing Manager, said: "The prospect of working with Hawk Racing is an exciting one. They're a very capable team and with them on board we're confident that the S 1000 RR will deliver even greater achievements in 2011. We'll be looking to defend our titles in the BSB-EVO class and Superstock 1000 championship and taking the fight to the MCE British Superbikes, the highest level of racing in the country."