News 13 Aug 2015

Crescent considering 2016 WorldSBK options

Official Suzuki team owner open to manufacturer switch.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team owner Paul Denning is awaiting confirmation of Suzuki’s involvement for the 2016 World Superbike Championship.

Denning, who has fielded factory-supported GSX-R1000 machinery in WorldSBK since 2012, has had mixed fortunes with Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet during the 2015 season.

With Yamaha almost certain to re-enter WorldSBK in 2016 with the latest YZF-R1, the Crescent outfit has been linked to the manufacturer, however Denning will firstly discuss options with Suzuki.

“The fundamental and first point is to understand Suzuki’s intention in World Superbike,” Denning told “I can’t negotiate with riders until the manufacturer’s position is clear.

“It’s no secret within the industry that a new GSX-R coming. We need to understand when that machine will be available to the team and fundamentally if Suzuki are in World Superbike for next year.

“Yamaha, as are Aprilia, are looking for a partner for the future. The budgets involved in World Superbikes for the manufacturers are not what they were in the good old days and I think in general the manufacturers are looking for partnerships for the introduction of sponsorships and running the operational side of the team.”

Josh Brookes’ British-based Milwaukee-backed team has also reportedly been in discussions with Yamaha and Aprilia for a WorldSBK switch in 2016.

Denning has had a 20-year relationship with Suzuki, including the management of the manufacturer’s factory MotoGP team between 2005 and 2011.