British motocross rider, Luke Hawkins has chosen to part company with Apico Suzuki.
The split comes in Luke’s first year with Apico Suzuki after racing previously with PAR Honda. 2011 didn’t start well for Luke as a bad injury at Hawkstone International ended his season before it really began. After a successful fight back from injury, Luke signed with Apico Suzuki and he and his new team had high hopes that 2012 would bring success on the track.
Luke is a former European Series top 5 rider from 2010 but since moving to Apico Suzuki for the 2012 season he has struggled to find form on the track with a series of disappointing results.
Rob Hooper from Apico Suzuki commented – “It is with regret that I have to inform you that Luke has decided to leave Apico Suzuki, we have put a lot of work in with Luke and intensive training, which saw him relocate to Rugeley for 5 weeks to see if we could work out his riding issues. Unfortunately this work and the fantastic riding done in training haven’t transferred to the race track or results we both expected. It is because of this Luke has taken the decision to leave the team”.
Apico Suzuki will now move on and begin preparations for the British Masters this weekend at Foxhills.
With the recent return of Lewis Gregory, now in the MX2 class and Jamie Skuse in MX1, the team aims to go from strength to strength. Skuse is currently leading the Phoenix Tools Championship and Gregory made a great comeback from weeks of injury at the Phoenix Tools to podium at Fraddon. He also made an impressive return to the top level in last weekend’s Maxxis British Championship at Hawkstone with 13th overall in MX2.
You can see Luke Hawkins in action in this Apex Motocross video, along with Ben LaMay, Kristian Whatley, Carl Nunn, Neville Bradshaw, Martin Barr, and James Cottrell.