DYNAVOLT TRIUMPH WELCOMES FORMER BRITISH MOTOSTAR CHAMPION BRANDON PAASCH FOR 2021
The Dynavolt Triumph factory backed team are pleased to announce that young American rider Brandon Paasch will join Kyle Smith to complete the team line-up in the 2021 Quattro Group British Supersport Championship.
The 19-year-old from Freehold, New Jersey is already familiar with the British circuits having spent a considerable amount of his racing career in the UK, most notably winning the 2019 British MotoStar (Moto3) Championship, scoring seven race wins and fourteen podiums out of eighteen races and holds the honour of being the first American to win a British Championship.
With Covid-19 restrictions escalating at the start of the year, Paasch returned to the MotoAmerica Supersport series for 2020, securing third overall in the Championship and scoring thirteen podiums across the season.
Paasch said: “I am beyond excited to be joining such a legendary group of people like PTR and Triumph for 2021! I can’t thank everyone involved enough for this amazing opportunity. Growing up watching old video of the legend Gary Nixon racing a Triumph to now actually being able to ride one is almost surreal! Also a huge thank you to the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, Fresh N Lean, Luxestar VIP, EvolveGT, Arai and Spidi for helping make it possible!”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “When considering a partner for Kyle we were looking for a young rider to compliment his experience; but also with an international flavour. As you can imagine we were approached by a number of riders and after much discussion with Triumph and also MSVR, who have welcomed us back into the British Championship, we decided Brandon Paasch was our man. Here we have a young American rider, winner of the British Moto3 and also last year finished 3rd in the AMA Supersport Championship. So, we think in Brandon we have found just the right mix for us, a young exciting rider adding to the show. We are looking forward to working with him and as long as he shows winning potential in Britain, which we all believe he will, there is no reason why this shouldn’t be the line-up we go back to the World Championship with in 2022.”
Steve Sargent, Triumph Chief Product Officer, added: “I would like to welcome Brandon to the team and say that we are really excited to have this young talent riding a Triumph. I have been watching Brandon’s MotoAmerica races and I am sure UK race fans are going to enjoy seeing him race Superport. When Simon and I started discussing riders for next year we have always wanted a combination of experience and youth. With Kyle and Brandon I think we have a great lineup to develop the bike and to build something for the future. We have had amazing interest in Triumph’s return to Supersport and I would like to thank MSVR for their help in making this possible. There is a lot of work still to be done but we have all of the key elements in place for 2021”Triumph team.”
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Notes to Editors
· First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 118 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2020. For more than three decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes that perfectly blend authentic design, character, charisma and performance.
· Building around 60,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and has around 650 dealers across the world.
· This focus, innovation and engineering passion has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the stunning new Trident 660, epic new Tiger 900, world leading Rocket R and GT, new higher performance Street Triple 765RS, iconic Scrambler 1200, Speed Triple, transcontinental Tiger 1200, iconic Triumph Bonneville family including the sporty Speed Twin, Bonneville Bobber, legendary Thruxton RS, accessible Street Twin, Street Scrambler and iconic Bonneville T120 and T100, plus an exciting and accessible A2 range of Triumph motorcycles.
· Triumph currently employs around 1,800 personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, North America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Sweden (Scandinavia), Benelux, Brazil, India, China and Thailand as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and Thailand plus CKD facilities in Brazil and India.
· The Triumph Bonneville, famously named to celebrate Triumph’s 1956 land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, was the original British superbike and a race-winner straight out of the crate, chosen by famous motorcyclists of the past for its legendary handling, style, and character. It’s that handling, character and style, married to modern rider-focused technology that makes the new Bonneville family the authentic modern classic choice today.
· Triumph has a glorious racing history, competing in and winning races in almost every class and field of motorcycle sporting achievement. From winning the second ever Isle of Man TT in 1908, through to 1960s road and track domination in Europe and America, right up to contemporary racing achievements with the 675cc Triumph triple powered 2014 Daytona 200 win, the 2014 Isle of Man Supersports TT win, the 2014 and 2015 British Supersports titles and World SuperSport racing, and again in 2019, with another victory at the Isle of Man Supersports TT, piloted by Peter Hickman.
· Triumph’s racing legend continues as the exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2™ World Championship since the start of the 2019 season. Triumph Motorcycles provides all of the teams with race-tuned 765cc triples, each of which is based on the class-leading Street Triple RS powerplant. Redefining the class and breaking record after record in the inaugural year, including the first ever +300km/h Moto2™ top speed, the 2020 season got even faster with another 11 all time lap records and seven different winners from 15 races.
· Triumph’s racing activities are further bolstered by a return to the British Superbike paddock in 2021 with a factory-supported race team in the British Supersport Championship.