Jeremy Guarnoni Joins The 2022 BMW World Endurance Team

It’s three days of testing in Almeria, Spain as Jeremy Guarnoni joins the 2022 BMW World Endurance Team as they prepare for the new season of racing.

The 28-year-old Frenchman has been competing in the Endurance World Championship (EWC) since debuting at the 2012 Bol d’Or and became world champion in the 2018/2019 season. He’s also been crowned 2010 Superstock 600 European champion and raced in the Superstock 1000 championship, finishing third in the final standings on two occasions.

Guarnoni joins new teammates Markus Reiterberger, Ilya Mikhalchik and Kenny Foray on the #37 BMW M 1000 RR as the team look to improve on their debut season in 2021, which saw them claim victory in Most, and take second overall in the FIM EWC.

Jeremy Guarnoni Joins The 2022 BMW World Endurance Team
Jeremy Guarnoni Joins The 2022 BMW World Endurance Team

Jéremy Guarnoni: “I have a very good impression of the bike. The performance is really unbelievable, and I immediately felt good on it. I am also very happy with the team, which is very professional. I have a really good feeling about the mechanics, the crew chief and my team-mates. I already knew Ilya, Markus and Kenny as opponents, and now they are my team-mates. That is really cool. I am sure we can achieve great things next season, and I am looking forward to it.”

Markus Reiterberger: “Firstly, after a good season in 2021, we know exactly what we need to work on. I am very pleased that we still have a test this year. That is very important for us, as it allows us to lay important foundations for the coming year. I am pleased to be able to welcome Jéremy – another strong rider and a former world champion – to the team. The first day of testing was really tiring for everyone, as it was very cold and there was a lot to test. We got through most of the programme, but there are still a few important things to do. The initial impressions are definitely promising. With the improvements we can still make, I believe we will be able to make up that one position we missed out on this season. I am very confident and pleased to be part of the team.”
Ilya Mikhalchik: “It feels really good to be able to start preparations for 2022 this year. Firstly, I would like to welcome our new team member, Jéremy. I hope we can achieve some good results together. He is a very experienced endurance rider and I think we will learn a lot from each other. I am very happy to be riding with him in the team and on this bike. We have made a few improvements. I think we have a good overall package, with which we can win. We showed that in the last race. We are now testing a few things, to give ourselves an even better chance. I believe we have the potential to challenge at the top next year.”
Kenny Foray: “Our winter test is very early, but that is very good for us. The new bike is even better than the old one. It is really enjoyable to ride. I am hoping for a really good year for the whole team. If I am able to contribute to us improving, then I am definitely ready.”

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Honda Sign McGuinness For The 2022 Road Racing Season

A TT Legend will be debuting the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT as Honda sign McGuinness for the 2022 Road Racing Season. The 49-year-old will partner Glenn Irwin as the Japanese manufacturer celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the 1992 Honda FireBlade.

John McGuiness MBE has amassed 23 TT wins and 47 podiums throughout his career. And that includes claiming 12 of the 20 total victories taken by the Honda CBR10000RR Fireblade, which contributes to Honda remaining the most successful manufacturer in TT history, having accumulated 189 wins over the years. McGuiness first raced at the Isle of Man TT in 1996, taking his first win in the Lightweight 250cc class in 1999.

Honda Sign McGuinness For The 2022 Road Racing Seasonfour rider Honda Racing BSB team next year, alongside Tom Neave, Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi.

Finally, I’ll be making my long-awaited TT debut with Honda! We’re now more familiar with the new Fireblade and the team is more familiar; I like to have home comforts as such and continuing with the bike and the same team I think puts us in a better position with frame of mind. We still have no targets set and no expectations for the Isle of Man TT, we’re going there to learn and enjoy. It’s incredible to have someone like John as my teammate on the roads, he’s someone I have looked up to and is probably the second greatest TT rider after another Honda-man Joey! To have that opportunity to be able to learn off him, and able to be part of the team, see everything first-hand and to learn off him experiencing the ‘McGuinness-factor’ is something I am really excited about! On the flip side, we go to the North West 200 where we can work together and I think we can realistically set targets there – I would love to achieve Honda’s first international road race win on the new Fireblade at the NW200 and add to my Superbike wins there. We’re fully aware we’ve not been there in a few years, but like everyone else, we’ll go, and we’ll do our homework. For sure the Honda team are the best to go road racing with, and BSB, and hopefully we can find out feet during practice and if we’re feeling confident look towards adding to the NW200 wins.

The North West 200 will take place from May 10-14th 2022, with the Isle of Man TT Races running from May 28th until June 11th, 2022. The Honda Racing UK duo will be competing in both the Superstock and Superbike classes at the NW200 and TT, along with the Senior TT.

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Four Rider Honda British Superbike Team for 2022

Will strength in numbers prove successful with a four rider Honda British Superbike team for 2022? Honda Racing UK has announced Tom Neave will move into the BSB series after winning the Pirelli National Superstock Championship in 2021.

Neave debuted in BSB in 2018 with the Honda team as a stand-in for the Thruxton and Cadwell Park rounds, and the Lincolnshire rider signed for a full-time ride in Superstock in 2019. After finishing 2020 as the runner-up, he took the title in 2021 in a close-fought contest.

Tom Neave: “I’m not sure I can sum this up into a short one really but racing in the Superbike series is what I have worked towards since I started on tarmac, but certainly since I have been with Honda the aim was always to get into Superbike. I’ve served my apprenticeship finishing as runner-up in 2020 and this year becoming the Superstock champion, and now it’s time to graduate up to the next level, where the real work starts! I have never been so motivated to make it happen and can’t wait to figure it all out and just get testing on the Superbike now, it’s finally become a reality and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to Honda Racing UK, Harv, Neil and everyone who has stood by, believed and worked with me to make this happen – 2022 I can’t wait!”

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Jeffrey Herlings Crowned 2021 MXGP World Champion

It’s a second title for the 27-year-old Dutch motocross racer, with Jeffrey Herlings crowned 2021 MXGP World Champion at the final round. Heading into the Grand Prix Cita di Mantova in Italy, he was one of three riders separated by just three points, along with Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser.

But by winning both races at the final event Herlings took the championship by just five points, claiming nine victories and 14 podiums along the way, along with 13 pole positions. It’s his fifth world title, and second in MXGP. And with 99 race wins FIM Motocross World Championship wins, he’s just two away from setting a new all-time record. Which seems likely with at least another two years ahead on his Red Bull KTM Factory contract.

Jeffrey Herlings Crowned 2021 MXGP World ChampionIt's the second World MXGP title for the Dutch rider
It’s the second World MXGP title for the Dutch rider

The MX2 title was taken by Maxime Renaux for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team, ahead of team-mate Jago Geerts, with KTM’s defending champion Tom Vialle finishing third overall. The race honours were shared between Geerts and Renaux at the Mantova round, with Geerts declared the overall round winner.

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Danilo Petrucci Confirmed For The 2022 Dakar Rally

While a lot of MotoGP and other road racers spend time training on MX and off-road bikes, it’s being taken to a new level with Danilo Petrucci confirmed for the 2022 Dakar Rally.

The 31-year-old Italian will leave the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team in the MotoGP paddock, at the end of the 2021 season. But after apparently consider a move to riding in the MotoAmerica series, he’ll race under the same colours for the Austrian manufacturer over sand dunes, as he switches from the RC16 to a KTM 450 RALLY for famous and challenging desert race.

Danilo Petrucci Confirmed For The 2022 Dakar RallyDanilo Petrucci will switch from MotoGP to desert racing in just a few weeks
Danilo Petrucci will switch from MotoGP to desert racing in just a few weeks

The 2022 Dakar will begin in the Middle East on January 1st, and cover 14 days and approximately 8,000 kilometres. It’s will be a big challenge, but one which could lead to 2022 FIM competition and a future in desert and enduro racing.

After 10 year in the MotoGP paddock, Petrucci is taking on a n
After 10 year in the MotoGP paddock, Petrucci is taking on a new challenge with the Dakar

Danilo Petrucci: “For me it is really a dream come true to race the Dakar. It’s an event I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child when I was watching video tapes of the Dakar Rally from the 80s and 90s. Now, thanks to KTM, this dream is coming true. First, I would like to thank KTM for this great opportunity; I think I will be the only rider that in just over one month has competed in MotoGP and then the Dakar Rally – so it is with great pride that I go there. My main target is just to finish the race and enjoy it. The first approach was to have some road book training with Jordi, he competed in the race many times and finished on the podium, so he has been great in helping me learn this special art. I had my first taste of riding the KTM 450 RALLY recently at an initial test in the Dubai dunes, where I was with KTM’s Dakar champions and I was able to learn so much from them – it was great to see them riding, and they were super nice and helpful to me. I hope the training for the next month will be enough; for sure it will be a tough race, but I am excited.”

Can Petrucci become a winner of both MotoGP races, and a Dakar event in the future?
Can Petrucci become a winner of both MotoGP races, and a Dakar event in the future?

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “Danilo’s talent and his character means he is one of the few elite level guys that we believe can make this radical move from the asphalt to the dunes. It’s a great story for a great guy. We want to thank him for his professionalism and all his efforts as part of the Tech3 team in our MotoGP project and now it’s time for another ‘world’!”

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