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IRRC Superbike Frohburg Preview

Going into the final round of the 2016 International Road Racing Championship, Vincent Lonbois is favourite to secure the IRRC Superbike title, as he goes into competition at Frohburg, with a 29 point lead over reigning champion Sebastien Le Grelle.

The Herpigny Motors BMW Motorrad Belux riders, have been the stand out IRRC competitors on Superbike machinery, throughout the year.

Most recently they shared the victories at the penultimate round of the series, at the famous Imatra roads venue in Finland.

All eyes will be on the riders from Belgium at Frohburg, there will also be a lot of attention on the all star Penz 13.com BMW trio.

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Which consists of four times TT winner Michael Rutter, two times TT winner Gary Johnson and recent seventh place finisher in the Senior Classic TT, Danny Webb who is a newcomer to Frohburg.

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All three of them have the proven ability to be in the mix for results of the highest quality, in particular Michael Rutter who on his Frohburg debut in 2015, was close to Michael Dunlop’s lap record lap time of 1 minute 34.355 seconds.

IRRC legend Didier Grams, cannot be discounted from been in contention for race wins, as he competes on the G&G Motorsport backed S1000RR BMW.

Additional stand out entrants include Johan Fredriks, Jochem Van Den Hoek, Petr Biciste and 2012 Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix winner Kamil Holan.

Plus Matti Seidel, Pavel Tomecek, Ales Nechvatal, Thomas Wendel, Marnix D’Hondt and the recently crowned 2016 IRRC Supersport champion Marek Cerveny.

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Photo by Robby Repsol

In total 41 riders are entered for the IRRC Superbike encounters at Frohburg, which are scheduled to run over ten laps.

Over the years we have seen many a legendary name victorious, at Germany’s premier roads circuit. This includes 26 times TT winner Joey Dunlop, Robert Dunlop, William Dunlop, Michael Dunlop, Lee Johnston and Rico Penzkofer.

It’s difficult to say who will be prove the dominant force at Frohburg. One thing’s for sure though where guaranteed world class action IRRC action, which will have the added spectacle of the leading IRRC competitors, going up against TT winners.

Words by Stevie Rial

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