A completely new and renewed line-up aims to set this season’s BSB championship alight, as Danny Kent and Gino Rea line up for Buildbase Suzuki. Both men will race the GSX-R 1000 with the clear intent of surprising the field, while dreaming of a place in the Showdown.
Renewal for Gino Rea
Since 2017, the benchmark team for the Hamamatsu manufacturer in the UK top class - Buildbase Suzuki - returned to success in 2020 more than one year after the last time thanks to the double win achieved at the Silverstone 'National ' circuit. Having said farewell to Kyle Ryde (who headed to Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW), it was decided to reconfirm Gino Rea for 2021. Called up by Stuart Hicken to replace the injured Keith Farmer, after a first familiarization phase, the 2009 European SuperStock 600 Champion managed to show his worth with a surprising fourth position at Donington Park, while achieving a small amount of satisfaction when he led a BSB race for a few laps.
“I’m really excited to be staying with Buildbase Suzuki for 2021”, Rea said. “Hawk Racing is one of the oldest and most experienced teams in BSB, so I’m very thankful for the opportunity to race for them again. After seeing the progress we made, it’s the perfect scenario to build on our results from 2020 and give the team the results they deserve.”
New chance for Kent
Fresh from a positive season in British SuperStock 1000 with Morello Racing, Danny Kent will return to BSB following the very short experience of 2018 with MV Agusta. For the Chippenham rider, it will be an opportunity he has to grasp, one that came about almost unexpectedly in the Brands Hatch weekend last October. It’s a last chance for him to relaunch his career following his conquest of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship title.
Kent said: “I’m really motivated and happy to be joining the Buildbase Suzuki team. I think a lot of people will know that my career has had both the highest highs and the lowest lows in recent years, with 2019 being a particularly low point, so I’m really grateful for this opportunity. Last year I had a good season in Superstock 1000, and moving to a superbike, I think my GP experience could mean I’ll manage quite well as I’m used to a stiffer chassis setup, racing swingarms, slicks, things like that. I also know I still have a lot of learning to do, but I’d like to be in the Showdown at the end of the year.”