BSB: Brandon Paasch completes Dynavolt Triumph's Supersport line-up
The full-factory Dynavolt Triumph team has revealed that Brandon Paasch will partner Kyle Smith in the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship.
The American, from Freehold, New Jersey, is already familiar with the British circuits having spent a considerable amount of his racing career in the UK.
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Paasch won the 2019 British MotoStar (Moto3) Championship after dominating the class with seven victories and seven further podiums in the 18-race campaign. In doing so the 19-year-old became the first American to win a British championship.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions Paasch stayed in the United States last year and competed in the MotoAmerica Supersport series. Paasch finished third overall with 13 podiums to his name.
“I am beyond excited to be joining such a legendary group of people like PTR and Triumph for 2021," Paasch said. "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!”
The Dynavolt squad will receive full factory support from Triumph this season, with the British Supersport Championship piloting new regulations. Alongside Triumph, Ducati are also expected to join the series later in the year. It's hoped that these new regulations will help to make the class more competitive and accessible to several manufacturers.
“When considering a partner for Kyle we were looking for a young rider to compliment his experience; but also with an international flavour," team manager Simon Buckmaster added. "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 third 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.”
The 2021 season is currently due to begin at Oulton Park on May 29-31.