No less than 36 riders including established front runners, rising forces, Championship stalwarts all feature amongst the confirmed provisional entry list for this year’s IRRC Superbike series.
Reigning Champion Didier Grams, carrying the number 1 plate, will unquestionably start again as one of the prime title favourites.
The ebullient German who will continue his association with BMW machinery, is supported again this year by the G&G Motorsport, who’s official team name as in 2021 is G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad.
Likely main challengers to Grams include runner-up last year, Blau Powerbikes backed Lukas Maurer, the consistently improving David Datzer (MTP Racing/Syntainics Racing), Finland’s Erno Kostamo (Syntainics Racing by Penz 13) and returning former Champion Vincent Lonbois (Mototech Yamaha).
Added ones to watch include Joey Den Besten, Luca Gottardi, the Hoffmann by MRP duo of Laurent Hoffmann and Markus Karlsson, Daytona 200 entrant Kamil Holan.
The UK’s only current representative Mark Purslow, Virgil Amber Bloemhard and last season’s Supersport class pace setters Pierre Yves Bian (Martimotos Racing Team) and Ilja Caljouw.
The full provisional entry list for the premier Superbike category within the 2022 International Road Racing Championship, which kicks off on the 30th of April at Hengelo, Netherlands is as follows:
(Title sponsor located near racer’s name)
Didier Grams – G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad
Nico Muller – Muller Motorsport by Edeka Meisel
Vassilios Takos – L78 Racing Team by Heidger Motorsport
Pontus Roestlinger – PoEmRacing
Marko Sinkkonen – Marko Tapani Sinkkonen
Ilja Caljouw – Performance Racing Achterhoek
Mark Purslow – Never Be Clever Racing
Matthieu Pauchard – MC Racle Bitume
Lukas Maurer – Maurer Racing/Blau Powerbikes
Karl Verandah – Rob Van Eijs Technical Support
Virgil Amber Bloemhard – Performance Racing Achterhoek
Patrick Hoff – Neumann Racing
Luca Gottardi – Syntainics Racing by Penz 13
Markus Karlsson – Hoffmann by MRP
Eddy Ferre – Racing Team 38
Yannik Jacops – SJL Racing International Road Race Team
Johannes Schwimmbeck – MTP Racing
David Datzer – MTP Racing/Syntainics Racing
Reinhard Strack – Mogli Racing
Joey Den Besten – Motorradtechnik Geenen GmbH
Mike Ceuppens – Texas Motors
Rob Van Eijs – Van Eijs Technical Support
Kamil Holan – Blue Garage
Hanno Brandenburger – MHB Racing
Olivier Lupberger – Team Moto Meile/Lupberger
Emil Krchnavy – ZD-Motorsport
Aku Korhonen – Pikku2-Racing
Jean Pierre Polet – JP Racing Team
Vincent Lonbois – Mototech
Laurent Hoffmann – Hoffmann by MRP
Andreas Jochum – TTSL_Sued.de Kama-Tec
Marcel Elsner – Team Ecki Powered by Schuttflix
Pierre Yves Bian – Martimotos Racing Team
Amalric Blanc – Team B&M
Rene Grundei – ZSG-Racing
Erno Kostamo – Syntainics Racing by Penz 13
Photo credit Lars Tornqvist
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou