Reigning IRRC Superbike champion Danny Webb who will pilot throughout 2019, high spec YZF R1M Yamaha machinery, will be back on IRRC duty this year, but won’t take in all six rounds of the series, due to event clashes with the FIM Endurance World Championship.
Confident of contending for Endurance World Championship honours, Tunbridge Wells Webb has made the decision to forgo defending his IRRC Superbike crown, but will still sample for the Wepol Road Racing team in 2019 IRRC action as an event wildcard at Terlicko, Imatranajo and Horice.
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Speaking today via his Facebook racing page about his selected International Road Race Championship stints in 2019, plus the challenge of piloting for the first time Yamaha’s ever improving YZF R1M steed on the roads, he stated in honest, candid fashion:
“After such a successful 2018 season I’m pleased to announce I will be remaining with WRP Racing & Wepol Road Racing for the 2019 season.
After my recent participation’s and successes in the Endurance World Championship with WRP Racing I’m very happy to be continuing the full season with the team.
We are currently 2nd in the world standings of the Endurance World Championship with a shot of winning the title. I have always wanted to be a world champion and with such a great team and package this goal is firmly in sight.”
IRRC history maker Webb added:
“However, due to the EWC calendar this has meant some clashes with the International Road Races I would usually compete in.
I won’t be defending my Superbike title in the IRRC, however I will be participating at selected rounds. This will be Terlicko, Imatra and Horice.
We have a new challenge with a full time switch to Yamaha on the roads from the BMW. I’m looking forward to trying out the yam around the Mountain Course and hopefully by the time of the Macau GP we will have developed a competitive Superbike.”
Words by Stevie Rial