BSB: Smrz brothers join PR racing for 2017 attack
Jakub Smrz will remain in the MCE British Superbike Championship for the 2017 season after penning a deal to move to the PR Racing BMW squad.
The former WSB star makes the move after a disappointing 2016 campaign with the Smiths BMW outfit despite flashes of pace across the season.
He’ll be joined in the team by brother Matej, who steps in to head up the squad’s effort in a new-look Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
“I am really pleased to be joining Matej at PR Racing,” said Jakub. “Having spent a season learning the BMW, I am looking forward to sharing that knowledge with PR and growing with the team, in what will be a very competitive format. We have already met as a group last week to plan everything and PR Racing have started preparing the BMWs so we can start testing as soon as possible. I feel very good about 2017. Can't wait to get on the bike soon and go racing!"
On returning to the team, Matej said “I’m feeling confident even after my difficult start last year. Luckily in my first year in BSB I joined a great team. John with his partners have given me another opportunity to continue in 2017 and I would like to show everyone it wasn't a poor decision” He added. “Having my brother in the team after more than fifteen years is like a dream and he will be a great asset. I can gain from his experience of the BMW, as well as the circuits. We work well together and I am looking forward to the possibilities this partnership will bring.”
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Team Principal, John Jameson added: “Kuba is a top rider with many years’ experience at all levels. His attitude and commitment to racing is second to none and this fits PR Racing’s work ethic. It‘s a massive plus for the team to be able to work with a rider of his calibre, as we move forward and take the next step in the championship.
“We are pleased to confirm Matej has fully recovered from injuries he sustained early last season and is back in full training. Matej like his older brother, is fully committed to racing. Bringing his race craft to the national superstock will give him a very real chance to compete at the top of what is a very demanding series.”