It’s been close run, incredibly tight the public vote to determine who is the top pure road racer of 2021.
Ultimately though, when studying the results the racer receiving the highest percentage of votes is MTP Racing’s David Datzer.
Germany’s most recent solo TT Races exponent, gained 41 percent of the vote, just two percent more than IRRC Superbike Champion Didier Grams.
Whilst his fellow countryman claimed another IRRC title, the ebullient Datzer showed he’d rapidly improved his roads course skills, enjoying his strongest IRRC campaign to date.
Despite missing the season opener at Circuit De Chimay, ‘Datzii’ aided by maiden IRRC triumphs at Horice and Hengelo went onto finish seventh in the final Superbike Championship standings.
Back in October, I chatted about a range of topics with the versatile racer, who also this year placed fourth in the IDM Pro Superstock Cup.
Our uncontrived chat, reads as follows:
Q1: Has competing in the IDM Pro Superstock Cup series, helped enhance your race craft, pace, racing aptitude on roads courses?
“In any case, I’m in the Pro Superstock Cup because I wanted to compete in a Championship because the IRRC wasn’t safe.
It was a wonderful, instructive and successful season in the Cup. That I can get along with the BMW immediately was absolutely great.”
Q2: What it did mean to you when you joined the IRRC winners circle at Horice?
“A dream came true for me. When I was the first to finish the first free practice session, I knew it would be a successful weekend.
I am very proud to be among the top 6 fastest road racers at Horice.”
Q3: You’ve had enterprising battles this year alongside Didier Grams, Lukas Maurer, Marek Cerveny, Joey Den Besten, Laurent Hoffmann to name but a few, is there one race in particular that stands out?
“A special race? I found Hengelo’s fight with Didier Grams very, very interesting. There I knew 100 percent that I could win without stopping the race.”
Q4: Are you overall satisfied with your latest IRRC campaign?
“I am more than satisfied. In the Pro Superstock Cup I unexpectedly competed for the Vice Champion title and in the IRRC despite the accident and the missed event in Chimay for the title. We are very happy with this year.”
Q5: TT return on the horizon for 2022?
“Yes we will race the TT in 2022. But soon there will be hot news from MTP-Racing and me for 2022!.”
Q6: Having been in contention for the IRRC SBK crown up till the final rounds, do you have one eye on the title in 2022?
“I’m not normally a fool but after this season I’ll say yes if everything goes well we want to win the IRRC.”
Photo courtesy of Matthias Wolfstein
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou