A diverse wide ranging multi international entry list has been announced for the 2017 IRRC series, with the Superbike class consisting of household names, rising stars and newcomers to Europe’s premier roads championship.
The biggest absentee from the entry is reigning champion Vincent Lonbois, who is this year taking on new challenges. Team mate last year 2015 champion Sebastien Le Grelle, is set to return to the IRRC field on S1000RR BMW machinery.
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Four times champion Didier Grams competes under the G&G Motorsport by Todoracing BMW banner, whilst leading Kawasaki mounted riders are anticipated to include Johan Fredriks and Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Jochem Van Den Hoek.
Many will be monitoring this year the progress of IRRC Supersport king Marek Cerveny, who steps up to the Superbike class with the Wepol/Safemetal Racing BMW team.
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Regarded by quite a few at this moment in time as the Czech Republic’s leading roads exponent, could he become the first rider to win IRRC titles on in alternative classes? in my opinion it’s a distinct possibility.
Additional ones to watch include fellow Czech racers Ales Nechvatal (Dafit Moto Racing), Petr Biciste (Kimura Racing Team), 2012 Newcomers A Manx GP winner Kamil Holan (McRace BMW) and Pavel Tomecek.
High profile series newcomers include Nico Muller, Markka Racing Finnish duo Erno Kostamo/Juha Kallio and British Superstock championship competitor Nadieh Schoots.
In total nine countries are represented within the 2017 IRRC Superbike championship, which has all the components of been a thrilling six round series, which begins on the 6th of May at Hengelo in the Netherlands.
The full 2017 IRRC Superbike entry list, is as follows:
4 Nico Muller Muller Motorsport BMW
5 Dirk Kaletsch DK Road Race Ducati
6 Marko Klein MK Racing Team
7 Vassilios Takos LSR Team
8 Lukas Maurer Maurer Motosportteam
11 Josef Luksik Panattoni Europe
12 Ales Nechvatal Dafit Moto Racing
13 Pavel Tomecek Relax Bali.com
14 Johan Fredriks DRRT by Tovami.com
15 Petr Biciste Kimura Racing Team
17 Alexandr Taratin Bulls Ducati
19 Kurt Haek Racing Team “Skudden & Beven”
21 Marcel Zuurbier Team Zuurbier
26 Didier Grams G&G Motorsport by Todoracing
29 Ludovic Paureau Allo Jante
38 Erno Kostamo Markka Racing BMW
39 Martin Partelpoig MBH Superbike Team
40 Nadieh Schoots NSR Kawasaki
41 Yannik Jacops Texas SJL Racing
45 Sebastien Le Grelle TBC – BMW
55 David Datzer Sportbike-Custom Racing
64 Reinhard Strack nn
70 Rob Van Eijs Dutch Road Racing Team by Tovami
74 Kamil Holan McRace BMW
76 Hanno Brandenburger MSC Munster e.V.im DMV
77 Barrie Botte Race Fanatixs
79 Timo Schonhals TT Racing
88 Jochem Van Den Hoek Performance Racing Achterhoek
111 Juha Kallio Markka Racing BMW
119 Jean Pierre Polet JPM Team
145 Marek Cerveny Wepol/Safemetal Racing
171 Herve Somson One Racing Motorsport
229 Aleksi Nikolaev Bulls Ducati
300 Jurgen Welsing MHB Racing
330 John Pilloud SP Road Race Team
369 Foti Psomadakis Braunholz Metallbau Hannover&netMagazine
999 Wolfgang Brunner Woife 999
Words by Stevie Rial