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Wepol Road Racing Squadron Ready For 2019 IRRC Exploration

Boasting again one of the strongest rider line ups, Wepol Road Racing go into this years IRRC Supersport/Superbike Championships, with very specific aims, securing countless rostrums, race wins, and Championship victories!

The Czech squad, who have worked in recent times with Rico Penzkofer’s esteemed Penz 13.com team, dominated last years IRRC series, with respective Superbike, Supersport champions Danny Webb, Matthieu Lagrive, scooping between them 18 race wins.

Looking towards this season, the outfit’s line up mixes next gen International roads quality with Championship winning experience, as reigning Supersport champion Lagrive heads again the outfit’s middleweight class challenge.

Whilst the teams premier class Superbike challenge, sees them running again twice IRRC Supersport champ Marek Cerveny, and series newcomers Davey Todd and Daley Mathison.

Commenting on the upcoming opening IRRC round in the Netherlands, on the famous Hengelo based Varsselring course, series debutants Todd, Mathison respectively stated:

“My focus will clearly be the IRRC and International road racing events at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix.

In order to get more millage under my belt we entered the Superstock round at Oulton Park last weekend, with the help of our team mechanics Peter Bleackley and Yousef Gushabra.

I can’t thank them enough for making the trip to the UK, and getting me ready for the IRRC at Hengelo.”

“It is going to be a very busy season for the Wepol Road Racing team and myself, and it will be interesting to see how the team manages all the logistics with their commitments in the IRRC, International Road Racing events and the Endurance World Championship.

They again invested a lot of time as well as new equipment and I am ready to proof myself and others. All the tracks will be new to me, but I am confident to be able to produce good performances and represent the team at the highest level.”

New team mate Marek Cerveny, who’s preparations for the first round of the 2019 IRRC series, have been hampered by sustaining a broken wrist, from an incident in a Czech Championship round at Brno, added about the season ahead:

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“We spent quite some time down in Spain in order to sort out the issues I had in 2018, but as I said already it was probably all down to my self-confidence and self-belief last year.

We had a really good feeling and pace for the bike. My wrist looks good and strong enough to face the season opener in Hengelo. I will take it easy, see how it goes and I am looking forward to it.”

French star Matthieu Lagrive, who’s main focus for this season, is to defend the IRRC Supersport crown, previously last achieved by fellow acclaimed team mate Cerveny, provided additional comment:

“Even though I was quite fast in the EWC (Endurance World Championship) round in Le Mans, it didn’t feel right to put the team at risk, as they are having quite a good run and are still in contention for a top spot in the title race.

I decided to put my focus on defending my Supersport title in the and it surely won’t be an easy run. We are having running a new bike but so are many others, and the level of competition is very high at the front.

So I have to thank the team, especially WEPOL for their support and to put their trust and efforts in me and the team. So let’s see what this season holds for us.”

Reminder competitive action at Hengelo, gets underway on Saturday, as Wepol Road Racing’s Todd, Mathison, Cerveny and Lagrive battle it out for strong qualifying results.

Words by Stevie Rial

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