MIST Suzuki to race World SuperBikes in Portugal
MIST Suzuki are pleased to announce their plans to race in the final round of the World SuperBike championship in Portugal next month.
After a year of hard work building their Suzuki SuperBike to the highest possible standard the team are all set to begin testing this month in preparation for their first International SuperBike event.
With over two years experience developing and successfully racing SuperBikes the team are eager to use Portimao as the stepping stone to their 2012 race season. Having previously spent three years competing in the support classes at World SuperBikes the team are well respected in the paddock and are looking forward to showing what a small professional team can achieve on a tight budget.
Team Manager Mike Edwards said “We are delighted to have been offered wild card places at Magny Cours in France and Portimao in Portugal. Due to time constraints we have chosen to focus our attention on the later round in Portugal and are hoping to bring a new title sponsor on board to help with the running costs for the event.”.
“We have had excellent support from Motec Europe, the world leader in the design and manufacture of engine management and data acquisition systems. MIST Suzuki are one of the few top level teams to be supplied with their latest electronics package. It is the same system that took former MotoGP rider John Hopkins to pole position at the Silverstone round of the championship earlier this year so we are feeling quite positive about things.”
He added “We have several projects under development for the 2012 season and hope to make an announcement on those soon. We are keen to push new technology in racing so are very much committed to seeking the widest possible audience to showcase our talents”.
With the bike build nearing completion the team need just a little more help to reach the twenty thousand pound target needed to cover the costs of competing. In return we can offer title sponsorship for the event plus exclusive access to the circuit, team garage and hospitality over the race weekend for selected guests. There is even the opportunity to work alongside the team if the hands on approach appeals.
Anyone in a position to help out can get in touch via the team website at www.mistsuzuki.com or email: email@example.com
Addendum (25/10): The best laid plans of mice and men…
In 2010 the team worked with a company to produce a wiring harness suitable for our Evo spec. Suzuki. When we planned our full spec. SuperBike in 2011 we kept them up to date at every stage of our plans. After trying to pin them down for several months we were eventually promised the loom for the end of August. Later than we wanted but still plenty of time for the WSB wild card entries.
As the end of August approached it appeared that delivery was unlikely so we contacted another respected loom making. We were promised a quote and an estimated delivery date but by the end of September we were getting worried as nothing had been forthcoming and the company had gone quiet on us.
We found a third company who came highly recommended for being both capable and reliable but they were unable to guarantee delivery before the Portimao round so, regretfully, we had to withdraw out entry and our dreams for the 2011 season. Roll on 2012.
Well done Mike! Hope you’re going to keep on posting updates of the same quality now that you’re stepping up to WSB.