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Ray back with Buildbase Suzuki for 2019 Bennetts BSB

Friday, October 05 2018

Buildbase Suzuki has announced the return of Bradley Ray to the team for the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, spearheading the Japanese manufacturer's assault on next year's title.

Ray joined the Buildbase Suzuki team as a rookie, taking a maiden podium finish at Oulton Park in his debut season. A year later the 21-year-old has celebrated two race wins and added more podium finishes to his tally, and in just his second season, secured his position in the Showdown.

This year Ray also enjoyed a successful outing with the Yoshimura Suzuki team at the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour, helping the team recover to tenth after dropping to 48th following a crash. He also scored points as a wildcard in his debut World Superbike outing at Donington Park.

Ray said: "I'm really happy to be staying with the team and with Suzuki for another year. I've got a great relationship with everyone and we enjoy working together, and that should only give us a head-start next season.

"This year was only my second year on a superbike and the second year of development for the new GSX-R, and we've won races, been on the podium, and made it into the Showdown, so we can only be happy with that, and I'm confident that will continue next season.

"It was good to have everything signed and agreed nice and early. We've now got one round to go and I can focus on my riding and to try to finish the season strongly at Brands."

Buildbase Suzuki team manager, Steve Hicken, concluded: "Continuing our association with Bradley next season is really important for us. Like many, we recognised his talent early on, and when he was in the supersport class two years ago we wanted to get him onto a superbike as soon as possible.

"He's one of the most natural young talents in the country, so of course we're really excited to be able to announce that he'll again be on a Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R for a third season in 2019. While we've got one round to go and are aiming to finish the season strongly, having everything signed and confirmed means we'll be going into the winter with a clear focus on building for a title assault next year."

The season finale of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is the Showdown finale at Brands Hatch (October 12/13/14). For more information please click HERE