Maxwell & Phillis to Suzuki Ecstar in ASBK 2019
Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia has announce that Wayne Maxwell will join the team for next two years, and will expand its operation to a three rider line-up for the 2019 Australian Superbike (ASBK) season.
Maxwell, who finished runner-up in this year’s Australian Superbike Championship will join Josh Waters aboard the factory supported PTR prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000, forming one of the most powerful Suzuki rider line-ups in the history of ASBK.
Wayne Maxwell sharing, “I’m very excited to be joining Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia for the next two years. Last time Suzuki and I were paired together proved to be very successful, winning my first Australian Superbike championship. I’m really looking forward to getting back on the GSX-R1000, I know how fast and competitive the GSX-R is having raced against it the last few years, I’m super excited to get to work with Phil, Warren and the rest of the team on repeating our 2013 success.”
Alex Phillis, who finished eighth overall in this year’s championship and was the top privateer aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000, will join Josh Waters and Wayne Maxwell in a satellite supported garage for 2019.
Suzuki Australia Marketing Manager Lewis Croft commented, “We’re thrilled to expand our rider line-up to three next year. Suzuki has a rich history with the Phillis family, dating back to the early eighties winning five titles with Rob Phillis on a GSX1100 Katana. Now over thirty years on to have Alex racing the GSX-R1000 and after a very successful 2018 campaign, finishing inside the top-10 and earning the status a top privateer is no easy feat. We look forward to seeing Alex in Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia colours next season, completing one of the strongest rider line-ups in the history of Australian Superbike Racing concluded Croft.”
Phillis will make his Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia debut at round 1 of the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship kicking off at Phillip Island during the WSBK weekend February 22-24, 2019.