The Buildbase BMW Motorrad team – run by Hawk Racing and BMW Motorrad UK – has revealed its three rider team for the 2013 season: Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland in British Superbikes and Lee Jackson in Superstock 1000.
The 2013 season will mark Jon Kirkham’s return to riding a BMW S 1000 RR: the motorcycle which he won the 2010 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship on. He is joined by James Westmoreland to complete the team’s British Superbike line-up.
Lee Jackson, the 2012 Superstock 600 Champion, has signed to ride BMW’s stunning HP4, the most advanced inline four superbike ever built. The HP4 is the first supersports motorcycle to feature Dynamic Damping Control: BMW Motorrad’s semi-active suspension.
The HP4 will be making its British racing debut in the highly competitive Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship – which has been won by the BMW S 1000 RR twice in the three years since it was launched.
Jon Kirkham, 28, from Derby, said: “I’m ecstatic to be back on a BMW. I was very proud to have been able to give them their first ever British championship win in 2010. Since then, I have seen the RR grow into a hugely capable and accomplished Superbike, and I am very excited to be able to get back out on track on one and fight for BMW’s next title.”
James Westmoreland, 24, from Hull, said: “The BMW S 1000 RR is a fantastic motorcycle, and I can’t wait to be lining up on the grid on it. This season I finished just outside the British Superbike top six and I believe that with the BMW, I can earn the bike’s first BSB podium finish and battle for the championship.”
Lee Jackson, 17, from Lincoln, said: “The new HP4 is an incredible motorcycle. The RR it is based on is arguably the fastest and most powerful bike in the Superstock 1000 championship – and the HP4’s technology takes it to a whole new level. The DDC semi-active suspension will make it even easier to get used to an unfamiliar new motorcycle, while the traction control will keep the incredible power under control. And the heated grips will be very welcome if the first rounds are a little chilly!”