An integral part of the real road racing calendar, it’s a great pleasure to write for the first time in two years, a pre-season preview about the IRRC Supersport Championship. This weekend sees the middleweight IRRC class return in Belgium, at the high speed, unrelenting Circuit De Chimay. With 2018, 2019 series Champion Matthieu Lagrive electing not to compete and Laurent Hoffmann stepping up to the Superbike fraternity, a new Supersport gold medalist will be crowned this year. One of the title favourites has to be reigning Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix winner Pierre Yves Bian. Supported by Martimotos, the Frenchman has shown on various occasions over recent times, that he can keep cool under pressure and register IRRC race triumphs. Will 2021 see him continue the French IRRC Supersport Championship domination? It’s a definite possibility but there’s many like Yves Bian that firmly believe they are capable of taking the coveted title. Switching this year to Kawasaki machinery, Motorradtechnik Geenen’s Christian Schmitz is also widely tipped to be a regular race winning contender. Third in last year’s Championship, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he places two positions better in the final standings for 2021. Others considered consistent contenders for wins, podiums throughout the year include Performance Racing Achterhoek’s in form Jorn Hamberg and Markka Racing’s Anssi Koski. Both up coming roads talents, they will be looking to unlock that next level, that something extra needed to chalk up regular results of the very highest quality. Further depth to the entry is provided by seasoned IRRC exponents such as Thomas Wendel, Yann Galli, Poland’s Krystian Paluch and Ilja Caljouw. The French trio of Wayne Bourgeais, Benjamin Beume & Amalric Blanc will all be aiming to record shock results a plenty, same applies to series newcomer, the UK’s only series representative former Manx GP winner Mark Purslow. Speaking four months ago to Road Racing News, Purslow who will compete under the Never Be Clever Racing set-up, issued the following reply when asked what results he is hoping to achieve during his first IRRC expedition. “Well I don’t want to just gain a solid result or two but I will say that I’m going to compete and not just take part so watch this space.” In total 21 riders including Welshman Purslow, are set to take in the four rounds of the 2021 IRRC Supersport championship, which has rounds hosted by the aforementioned Circuit De Chimay, Horice/Czech Republic, Hengelo/Netherlands and Frohburger Dreieck/Germany. Photo credit: Mark Corlett Photo courtesy of Jan Otto Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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