After a year of preparation in the British Supersport Championship, Triumph will enter the World Championship with a works team in 2022. Neither of the two previous drivers will get the chance.
The three-cylinder Triumph Street Triple RS with 765 cc was allowed to compete in the national supersport championship in Great Britain last year; as a test balloon for the future technical rules in the world championship, which will apply from 2022. Then, in addition to four-cylinder bikes with up to 636 cc, three-cylinder machines with up to 800 cc and twins with almost 1000 cc can also be involved.
Next season Triumph will enter the Supersport World Championship with a works team. It had been clear for a long time that things would not go on with Kyle Smith. The second driver from last year, Brandon Paasch, would be very interesting for the World Championship at the age of 19 and as an American, but in 2021 he had to put up with repeated criticism for dubious social media postings. He lacks the necessary seriousness, was heard several times.
Now Triumph has come to an agreement with the Estonian Hannes Soomer. The 23-year-old from the capital Tallin made his debut in the Superport World Cup in 2015 and has been full-time since 2017. In 68 races to date, he has achieved third place as the best placement three times, and single-digit results 23 times. Soomer had his best season in 2020 with the Kallio Yamaha team when he finished ninth in the World Championship.
Soomer gets the as yet unconfirmed Italian Stefano Manzi as a teammate. The 22-year-old from Rimini entered the Moto3 World Championship via the Red Bull Rookies Cup, and has been racing in the Moto2 class since 2017. He finished a World Cup season only once in the top 20, last year as 19th for the Flexbox HP40 team.
Triumph made an impeccable debut in the British Supersport Championship, Kyle Smith was on the podium five times in the first 14 races, won twice and finished in the top five nine times. In September, however, the Englishman was injured and dropped out for the second half of the season, which meant 7th overall. Brandon Paasch showed some amazing races and shone with two third places in Donington Park, in the end he is in 8th place.
Drivers and teams Supersport World Championship 2022:
Kallio Yamaha: Patrick Hobelsberger (D), Vugrinec? Hendra Pratama?
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)
BOLD = confirmed