German Supersport Champion Patrick Hobelsberger has been preparing intensively for the 2022 World Cup in Spain since December 25th. On Thursday he tested the first day with his new team, Kallio Yamaha.
The Yamaha team from Vesa Kallio has an excellent reputation, in 2018 it won the Supersport World Championship with the Swabian Sandro Cortese. The Finns have signed the German champion Patrick Hobelsberger for 2022, teammate is expected to be the Italian Alessandro Zetti, who is coming from the Moto2 EM.
Hobelsberger wants to be optimally prepared for his second World Championship season after 2020 (with Dynavolt Honda). The Bavarian from Landau an der Isar has been training in Spain since Christmas Day, where he rides a lot of racing and mountain bikes and regularly on the racetrack with a small Yamaha R3.
On Thursday, “Pax” completed its first day of testing with the Kallio team’s R6 World Championship machine. In fine weather but cold conditions, he did numerous laps in Cartagena, in addition to Hobelsberger there are nine riders from the MotoGP paddock, including Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and Maverick Vinales.
“That was a very good day because it is cold by Spanish standards, but it was a bit tricky,” Hobelsberger told SPEEDWEEK.com. «We had an air temperature of 13 degrees, a lot of wind and really bad grip. We did well for that. It was a bit strange at first, but the team works very, very, very well. They try extremely hard, from the boss to the crew chief to the mechanic, everyone is highly motivated. I have a good feeling that it will be a good fit. “
Hobelsberger is testing a second day on Friday, the weather forecast should be similar. “If it goes a little faster, then that works,” said the 25-year-old with a smile. “I am definitely very motivated.”
Drivers and teams Supersport World Cup 2022:
Kallio Yamaha: Patrick Hobelsberger (D), Alessandro Zetti (I)
Bardahl Evan Bros Yamaha: Peter Sebestyen (H), Lorenzo Baldassarri (I)
Ten Kate Yamaha: Dominique Aegerter (CH), Leonardo Taccini (I)
VFT Yamaha: Marcel Brenner (CH)
EAB Yamaha: Glenn van Straalen (NL)
GMT94 Yamaha: Jules Cluzel (F), Valentine Debise (F)
MS Yamaha: Unai Orradre (E), Ondrej Vostatek (CZ)
MV Agusta Reparto Corse: Bahattin Sofuoglu (TR), Niki Tuuli (FIN)
Aruba.it Ducati: Nicolò Bulega (I)
Barni Ducati: Oliver Bayliss (AUS)
CM Ducati: Maximilian Kofler (A)
AltoGo Ducati: Luca Ottaviani (I)
Althea Ducati: Federico Caricasulo (I)
Dynavolt Triumph: Hannes Soomer (EST), Stefano Manzi (I)
MTM Kawasaki: Adrian Huertas (S)
Puccetti Kawasaki: Can Öncü (TR), Yari Montella (I)
Motozoo Kawasaki: Jeffrey Buis (NL), Ben Currie (AUS)
Prodina Kawasaki: Tom Booth-Amos (GB)
Orelac Kawasaki: Raffaele De Rosa (I)
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