LADY racer Ieva Baublyte will make her international debut this season after inking a deal to race abroad in the Italian championships.
The former Bemsee regular, who jumped onto the Rookie Mintwin scene in 2016 before stepping straight up to the Ducati TriOptions Cup, signed with the YAS Racing Team after a successful test at Vallelunga this past week.
Baublyte will have a Supersport-spec Yamaha R6 at her disposal this season as she takes on the hotly-contested CIV National Trophy class and the Trofeo Italiano Amatori.
The Romford racer might be facing a new challenge and a new championship, but says she’s full of excitement as she heads into just her third season of racing.
“I’ve just come back from two great days of testing in Vallelunga,” Baublyte told UK Clubsport, still jet-lagged. “It was a new team, on a different bike and and a new circuit… I had a lot of information to take in and focus on.
“The main plan for 2018 is to compete in CIV National Trophy class. It’s one of the most competitive classes in Italy and therefore will be a good challenge and a big learning curve for me.
“The championship consists of 6 rounds but due to the team’s work commitments we will be doing four [of those] and two wildcards in the Trofero Italiano Amatori.
“After racing twin engines for the two seasons of my racing career it has been slightly different riding the four-cylinder 600 but it seemed to have bonded with me towards the end of the test. But with the help of YAS Racing Team we put in some good lap times and made incredible progress in the two days.
“The team has achieved very good results previously and with their experience in the championships, I will be able to develop my riding rapidly and make huge progress.”
Baublyte admits she’s going to miss the camaraderie she found last year in the Ducati Cup paddock, but is still threatening a return to the clubs should the opportunity present itself.
“As heartbroken as I am not to be riding in the BSB support championships which has been an incredible experience last year, I must admit I am indeed very excited to explore the racing world in Italy.
“But of course due to only six rounds in the season, I will be available to do a few wildcards in BSB, endurance or club racing if a ride becomes available.”
The CIV season kicks off on April 6 at the high-speed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
*Images supplied by Ieva Baublyte