Markka Racing are planning to remain within the IRRC Superbike fraternity in 2018, as they aim to build on an encouraging first season of competition in the prestigious European based roads series.
The Milwaukee backed outfit running Finland’s Erno Kostamo and Juha Kallio, enjoyed sustained positive results including taking full points in the opening Superbike encounter on home soil at Imatranajo.
Photo’s by Robby Repsol
It was Kitee based Kostamo who primarily throughout lead the Markka Racing challenge, finishing overall an excellent fourth in the final championship standings, additionally scooping the leading newcomer title.
Team mate former TT Races competitor Kallio, showcased his proven roads craft wrapping up series of solid and consistent finishes to ultimately finish a very respectable tenth in the championship after competition last month at Frohburg.
Established now as arguably Finland’s leading pure road racing team, the Markka Racing red and white liveried S1000RR BMW’s added something different to IRRC action this year.
Alongside the growing status of the famous Imatranajo meeting, they have played a significant role in increasing the profile of road racing back in their native land.
With a year of high level roads competition banked, Markka Racing are definitely ones to watch next year in the ninth running of the International Road Racing Championship.
Words by Stevie Rial