As had been widely anticipated, the Crescent Suzuki team have announced that they will be switching from the British Superbike series to compete in World Superbikes in 2012. The team, who were runners up in the BSB championship with John Hopkins, had been looking at competing in WSBK for some time now, their intention strengthened by a strong outing during the British round of WSBK at Silverstone back in July. The strong year in BSB convinced the team to move up to WSBK.
There is still much information missing from Suzuki press release. The rider line up is yet to be announced, though the chances are very strong that John Hopkins will be one of the two riders. There is also no mention of factory support, but with Suzuki withdrawing support from the Alstare team and Crescent's strong links to Suzuki in the UK and Suzuki headquarters in Hamamatsu through the Rizla Suzuki squad, also run by the Crescent operation, the chances are good of receiving support in some form or other, as the reference to "additional developments and enhancements" would appear to suggest.
With Suzuki now confirmed in WSBK, the waiting is for the announcement from the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP squad. That announcement is expected some time over the weekend, with Alvaro Bautista having said that he expects to make a decision on his future in the next 48 hours.