BSB: Kyle Smith becomes Dynavolt Triumph's first signing
Dynavolt Triumph has revealed that Kyle Smith will lead the factory supported team in the 2021 Quattro Group British Supersport Championship.
Smith has worked with team manager Simon Buckmaster before under the PTR Racing Honda banner in the World Supersport Championship. In 2016 Smith secured two victories for the team, at Assen and Losail, and one further podium at Jerez.
Changes to British Supersport
- BSS to pilot new Supersport regulations
- Triumph join forces with PTR for full-factory return
- Dynavolt become title sponsors for Triumph effort
He then returned to the team for seven races in the 12-round 2018 championship, securing a best result of second at Portimao.
"I’m very excited to be back with PTR in a whole new project," Smith said. "It will be exciting to be in a full British set-up racing in the UK where, except for Donington Park, I have never raced even though I’m English.
"I’m very grateful that Triumph, Simon and the team have counted on me. I think it is a great opportunity and we will have a fantastic year racing”.
The Spain-based British rider clinched the 2019 FIM Europe Supersport Cup title with Team Pedercini Racing before standing in the injured Jules Cluzel in last year's WorldSSP championship. The 29-year-old secured two podiums for the GMT94 Yamaha team, at Barcelona and Magny-Cours, as well as one pole position.
“For us to re-sign Kyle is exciting news, Buckmaster added. "We’re a British team with a British bike and we’ve come back with a British rider that is well known to us. We felt we needed an experienced rider to lead the development with our team for this exciting new project. Kyle has won races for us, he finished top five in the World Championship, he was the last winner on a Honda and the last podium finisher on a Honda, all for us so there is a lot of synergy between us.
"We cannot wait for the season to start with a rider and a team that know each other well to give us the best chance of hitting the ground running and achieving success from the word go. He hasn’t raced in the British Championship, but there is a great testing programme put forward by MSVR before the season starts and we will make sure he is up to speed on all the tracks, and he has got the grit and determination to do a great job for us in 2021. Of course, with his experience we would look to go back into the World Championship with Kyle in 2022.”
Dynavolt Triumph will be a two-rider team this season, with the second rider expected to be announced in the very near future.