Flashback Friday: A Championship starts with a good Foundation

During the winter of 2022, CSBK will celebrate Suzuki’s 2021 National Manufacturer’s Title with a look back at the history of Suzuki’s production-based racers.  Each Friday will offer a glimpse into the impressive legacy of Suzuki’s success.

Image 10: Friday, March 11

In 2005, the Diablo Team were backed by Snob Girls cosmetics, and 1999 National Superbike Champ Francis Martin was once again in the Suzuki family after a second tour at Canadian Kawasaki.  Martin won the SMP opener, Suzuki’s third round one win in a row.  In a very closely fought Championship chase, Martin earned his second overall number one plate.  By the season-ending Shannonville three-day test for the incoming Pirelli spec tire era, Martin was back on the “A” Team with the Blackfoot squad.  Martin is pictured here at the CSBK pre-season Open Test at the Jennings GP track in Florida.