The first round of the 2016 international road racing championship, takes place at Hengelo in the Netherlands, this coming weekend from the 30th of April to the 1st of May.
Reigning IRRC superbike and supersport champions, Sebastien Le Grelle and Marek Cerveny, both begin their title defences, as they aim to further establish themselves amongst continental Europe’s leading pure road racers.
Photo by Robby Repsol
Leading lights joining them on the grid at Hengelo include 2012 newcomers A Manx Grand Prix winner Kamil Holan, who is one to watch on the BMW Motorrad Czech Republic backed S1000RR BMW.
Four time IRRC superbike champion Didier Grams, will start one of the undoubted favourites for superbike wins, as he pilots G&G Motorsport backed S1000RR BMW.
Same applies to Johan Fredriks, who is aiming to compete in the future at the North West 200, Johan is anticipated to lead the Kawasaki challenge.
Additional stand out entrants for the superbike races include Jochem Van Den Hoek set to make his TT Races debut this year, Pavel Tomecek, Vincent Lonbois, David Drieghe, Petr Biciste. Greece’s Foti Psomadakis and Steven Galens.
Adding world class quality to the IRRC supersport encounters include 2014 champion Joey Den Besten and 2013 champion Laurent Hoffmann.
Plus Sammy De Caluwe, Kevin De Frenne, Tuukka Korhonen competing for DP Coldplaning/TC Racing in the 2016 lightweight TT, Michael Hofmann and MMX 500 Suter mounted Hendrik Voit.
Wolfgang Schuster, Stefan Wauter, Andreas Kalmar, Mike Ceuppens, Christian Hirsch, all have the pure road racing craft, to secure series of notable results.
Since the International Road Racing Championship began in 2010, we’ve seen racing of the highest quality at many of mainland Europe’s most iconic road race circuits.
Every IRRC season, sees many new stars established on the roads, expect no different this year, as the seventh running of the prestigious series, opens this weekend at Hengelo.
Words by Stevie Rial