TRIUMPH is set to return to the Quattro British Supersport championship this year with a factory-backed effort for riders Rhys Irwin and Shane Richardson.
As part of the newly-formed Astro JJR Triumph effort, Kiwi Richardson joins the team having gained experience on the UK tracks in both the Supersport and Superstock classes, narrowly missing a podium finish in 2021.
Irishman Irwin, meanwhile, completes the team line up after podium finishes and a top ten overall score in last year’s Supersport title fight as he prepares to make the switch to line up on the Street Triple RS.
“At Triumph when we all got together for the first time, to see the size of the effort around you as a rider, it just feels like a really good place to be,” Richardson said. “I’m very excited and quietly confident.
“People have asked if I will need to change my riding for the triple but there are changes between every bike. We’ve got a great team and a good pre-season lined up and we’ll work through it all.”
Irwin added: “It’s so good to be in this situation with a factory team and a great opportunity. I’m looking forward to grabbing it with both hands. It also helps me that the bike’s narrow because I’m pretty compact myself, the slim line setup feels good.”
Stuart Tromans, co-principle, Astro JJR Racing Triumph said: “This is a big deal because while it’s only doing what we’ve done for 20 years as a team, this is our first factory deal. We’re honoured Triumph has chosen us to carry its British Supersport ambitions in 2022.
“At Astro we’ve punched above our weight in the British championship for years and we’ll maximise the value of everything that goes into this team to really make a difference.”
James Jackson, co-Principle, Astro JJR Racing Triumph added: “There will be a lot of work done in a short space of time to be ready, but the bike looks great and I’m confident we can put a good package together.”