Wayne Maxwell switches from Honda to Suzuki

Josh Waters in his new (and slightly oversized) Team Suzuki gear

Josh Waters in his new (and slightly oversized!) Team Suzuki gear

Wayne Maxwell has confirmed his switch from Honda to Suzuki for the Australian Superbike Championship.

After finishing second to Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters last year, Maxwell will join the reigning champion squad on a factory-supported GSX-R1000.

The 30-year-old has tested with the team and is now setting his sights on a first Australian Superbike title with Suzuki.

“I’m very excited to be joining Team Suzuki for this season and to work with both Phil and Lynne Tainton is something I’m really looking forward to as well,” Maxwell said.

“I already feel really comfortable with the GSX-R1000 and the atmosphere within the team is really fantastic.

“I have a point to prove, so to have this opportunity with Team Suzuki and the Phil Tainton Racing team is unbelievable. Suzuki has a great legacy with success in superbike racing on a domestic level and it is my priority for 2013 to help the team in defending the title.”

Maxwell will replace former rival Waters at Suzuki, with the latter now embarking on an international career.

Team Suzuki’s maiden outing for the 2013 race season will be at Phillip Island’s WSBK in Victoria on February 22-24.

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