IRRC 2021: Superbike Preview

IRRC 2021: Superbike Preview
Closing in on two years since IRRC (International Road Racing Championship) Superbike competition last took place, Europe’s premier real roads Championship returns this weekend at Circuit De Chimay.

Whilst some of the leading lights from recent years may be absent including reigning Champion Davey Todd, the Superbike field is still full to the brim with quality.

Series runner-up in 2017, twice Supersport Champion Marek Cerveny (WRL Wepol Racing) has the proven pedigree, 1000cc experience, determination and raw talent, to dominate this season.

Touted regularly as the Czech Republic’s current leading closed roads exponent, it wouldn’t at all be a surprise if come late September, he’s crowned Superbike class champion, for the first time.

Fellow multi IRRC champion Didier Grams (G&G Motorsport), is another undoubted prime title contender. Directly backed as in 2019 by BMW Motorrad, he’s the only rider within the quality entry, who has prior experience of scooping the IRRC Superbike crown.

Outside of series greats Cerveny and Grams, added potential championship front runners include IDM Superstock front runner David Datzer and three times IRRC Supersport Champions combined Joey Den Besten, series newcomer Laurent Hoffmann.

Additional notable entrants include fastest Mountain Course newcomer from TT 2019 Lukas Maurer, Ales Nechvatal and Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Virgil Amber Bloemhard.

I’d be remiss as well not to mention as well Jean Pierre Polet, Johannes Schwimmbeck, Rob Van Eijs, Mike Ceuppens, Vassilios Takos, Wayne Bourgeais and the UK’s only representative Mark Purslow (Never Be Clever Racing).

Since it’s inception in 2010, the International Road Racing Championship, has steadily grown in stature, within the pure roads fraternity.

As previously mentioned, it’s now in my opinion the most notable series/championship to comprise of roads circuits, since the TT Formula TT series, of the 1980’s, which was dominated by great names such as Joey Dunlop, Carl Fogarty, Steve Hislop, Brian Reid and Tony Rutter.

Yes the schedule is reduced for this year, yes were missing some famous names but considering the worldwide situation, external pressures one cannot but praise the Championship organisers, teams, riders all set to compete.

Photo credit: Robby Repsol

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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