Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) is the most prolific and successful team in the history of the FIM Endurance World Championship with a total of 15 World Championship titles under the leadership of Team Manager Dominique Meliand.
Vincent Philippe and Etienne Masson regained the Championship in 2016 at the final round, the Oschersleben 8-Hours in Germany, to take victory by just one point in one of the most-thrilling showdowns the series has witnessed.
All of SERT's World Championships - apart from its first world title in 1983, aboard the GS1000 - have been won on GSX-R machinery: the GSX-R750 from 1987-to 1999, then with the GSX-R1000 from 2005 onwards.
For 2017, SERT defends its title with the all-new 2017 GSX-R1000.
Roger Lee Hayden and Toni Elias will contest the 2017 MotoAmerica AMA Superbike Championship aboard the all-new Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Hayden, a long time GSX-R racer, is excited to extend his relationship with Suzuki for yet another year. The Owensboro, Kentucky rider logged 12 podium finishes, including two race-wins, during the 2016 season and he looks forward to campaigning the legendary GSX-R1000 into championship contention in 2017.
Elias, who joined Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing last season, raced the GSX-R1000 to six first-place finishes in 2016, securing third place overall in the series. A former Moto2 World Champion, Elias is no stranger to winning and looks forward to putting the all-new GSX-R1000 on the top-step of the box in 2017.
Hawk Racing’s Team Principal, Stuart Hicken is the driving force behind the team’s successes. After retiring from competitive racing, Stuart worked on Grand Prix bikes for a decade before switching to team management, forming his own team and entering the British Superbike Championship in 1998. The team immediately racked up the results; winning the Cup Championship in their debut season with Phil Giles before they scored their first podium with Glen Richards in 2003 and a maiden race win with Scott Smart in 2004. Hicken’s team were victorious in the National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2011 as Richard Cooper won the title. The team continued to show strong progress through 2012 and 2013.
In 2017 Hawk Racing will run a four-man squad under the name of Bennetts Suzuki that includes Sylvain Guintoli and Taylor Mackenzie in British Superbikes, Richard Cooper in National Superstock 1000 and Michael Dunlop on the International Road Race Circuit aboard the new GSX-R1000 machines.