WSB: Dynavolt Triumph sign Hannes Soomer ahead of World Supersport return

Simon Buckmaster with new WorldSSP signing Hannes Soomer
Simon Buckmaster with new WorldSSP signing Hannes Soomer

Dynavolt Triumph have announced the signing of Hannes Soomer ahead of their return to the World Supersport Championship (WorldSSP) this season.

Soomer began his career in the ADAC Junior Cup in 2011 before moving into the European Junior Cup in 2013, taking his maiden win in 2016. That same year, Soomer made three appearances in WorldSSP, before going on to be crowned European Supersport champion in 2017.

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The Estonian rider moved into WorldSSP on a full-time basis the following year with Racedays Honda, becoming a regular points scorer. Soomer moved to Kallio Racing in 2020 and finished on the podium in three of the final four races.

2021 proved to be a little tougher for Soomer after breaking his leg, but he’ll now link-up with the official factory Triumph team and hope to in with a chance of podiums and race wins in 2022.

“I am very happy to join the Dynavolt Triumph team for the 2022 season,” Soomer said. “I truly believe in the bike’s potential and the team’s experience and am sure we can find a good way to work quickly.

“This year will present some new challenges with the new regulations which makes it very unpredictable and interesting. I can only say we will give it our all and I can’t wait to start testing and really working for the season ahead.”

Simon Buckmaster’s team spent 2021 in the British Supersport Championship with Kyle Smith and Brandon Paasch, piloting the new Supersport regulations which will be used in the world championship this year.

The new rules open up the championship to manufacturers with different engine configurations and capacities, as part of a collaboration between MSVR, Dorna and the FIM.

“We are really pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with Hannes Soomer for our official Dynavolt Triumph team,” Buckmaster said. “To be honest I’ve been watching Hannes’ progress in recent years and have spoken to him the last couple of seasons about the possibility of signing for our team, so I’m pleased that for this year we’ve been able to make an agreement together.

“Hannes has already had podiums in 2020. Last year he broke his leg early in the season and came back impressively from that. I believe the potential is there, he has the experience, and he believes in our team and the Triumph project. We are excited to get started with testing and looking forward to the early part of the championship. Our aim must be to challenge towards the front and ultimately for the podiums and the title.

“I think he is going to surprise a few people – not everybody because there are a few of us who realise his talent – but he is going to be a surprise. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Alongside Triumph’s return, Ducati will also enter the WorldSSP class with its 955cc Ducati Panigale V2 machine. Oli Bayliss, son of three-time WorldSBK champion Troy, will ride for Barni Racing, whilst Nicolò Bulega will ride for the factory Racing squad.