The Movuno.com Halsall Racing team can today confirm it is withdrawing from the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
After a dramatic 2018 season, team owner Martin Halsall has decided he will not return next year.
“It is with regret that I have taken this decision, but after a lot of soul searching and head scratching over the last few weeks, I’ve decided that the team will no longer be a part of the championship,” he said.
“There are a number of reasons which have led me to this decision, but it’s no secret that this has been a very difficult year. As a businessman, I have to look at all aspects of where my investment is going and at this point I feel it is no longer a viable interest.
“Racing is expensive and while I have always loved the sport and being part of the paddock, certain things that have occurred this season have taken a lot of that enjoyment away and this has all contributed to the decision.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the team this season. The boys have worked tirelessly all year and I want to thank them publicly along with all of our loyal supporters, many of whom have followed us since we first arrived in 2012.”
Team manager Colin Wright echoed Halsall’s sentiments. “Today’s news is very unfortunate but I am very grateful to Martin for giving me the opportunity to return to the BSB paddock this year,” he said.
“I am somewhat disappointed that I wasn’t able to make the differences that we all believed were possible, but this is Martin’s team and I respect his decision not to continue.
“Since arriving at the squad in June, I have built a great relationship with the team and have enjoyed being part of it, even if things haven’t always gone our way.
“I wish to extend my gratitude to everyone involved with Halsall Racing for all of their commitment and hard work, and I wish everyone the best of luck for the future in whatever they choose to do next.”