Various teams/riders have confirmed their entries, for the second round of the 2017 International Road Racing Championship at Imatra.
Rico Penzkofer’s highly touted Penz 13.com BMW team, are set to make their debut at Scandanavia’s premier roads circuit.
Lining up on the Penz 13.com BMW’s at Imatra, are 2014 Irish road race Superbike champion Dan Kneen, top six finisher at Frohburg Danny Webb and Italy’s Alex Polita, amongst the leading Mountain Course newcomers at TT 2016.
Photo by Toni Borner
The progress of all three riders, will be watched closely by many, as they mix it with the established IRRC front runners.
Finnish stars set to participate at Imatra, include Markka Racing duo Erno Kostamo and Juha Kallio on S1000RR BMW’s, plus Marko Ratto on his own teams Kawasaki.
An additional local team, confirmed to compete is JR-Racing, who are set to run at least, two bikes.
Top five finisher at Horice, Lukas Maurer, set for a first full season of IRRC action, lines up on ZX10R Kawasaki machinery, same applies to Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Jochem Van Den Hoek.
Jochem is joined in the Netherlands based outfit, by fellow Dutchman Joey Den Besten, certain to be one of the favourites for Supersport honours.
Added anticipated starters for Imatra include four times IRRC champion Didier Grams, 2015 IRRC Superbike champion Sebastien Le Grelle, 2015-2016 IRRC Supersport series winner Marek Cerveny and Finland’s leading TT Races exponent, Tuukka Korhonen.
Words by Stevie Rial