BRENT Harran is set to return to the Pirelli National Superstock ranks next season as he joins Optimum Bikes Racing for its class debut.
The South African will line up on a Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP as he looks to build on his maiden campaign in the big bike ranks this year.
Harran finished in the points in 2021 with a best result of 11th at Knockhill, but with a new mentor in his corner in the form of Dan Linfoot for 2022 he’s hoping to make big strides.
“I’m ecstatic that everything has come together the way that it has for 2022 and I can’t wait to get cracking with the new team and bike next year now,” Harran said.
“Optimum Bikes have been a sponsor of mine since my first season here in the UK in 2019 and I’m thrilled to be involved in a new project with them now running their own team in the championship.
“2021 was a good introductory year into the championship for me with a few solid results along the way, so I’m looking forward to going into 2022 with a bit of experience under my belt for the first time since I’ve been over here.”
Team Owner Ian Wright added: “Having the right people will be key to success and making our step into the Superstock class one to watch. It is such a competitive class and one of the best championships in the world, so we are under no illusion it’s going to be tough, but we are well up for the challenge.
“We have Alec Tague as our crew chief and his knowledge and work ethic will not only get the best out of the machine, but also out of the rider and team. Dan Linfoot will be in our side of the garage as a mentor and in an advisory role for Brent as most of the circuits are still very new to him, that knowledge will be key to helping Brent get the very best results.
“Brent has one year under his belt in the Superstock class from last year and showed a lot of promise. We believe that 2022 is the year for him to shine and with a fantastic team around him, I am sure we can be fighting at the sharp end.”