News 21 Dec 2009

ASBK: Triumph launches factory Supersport team with Casella

Triumph Australia will be the fourth European-based manufacturer to enter the Australian Superbike Championship in 2010, entering the Australian Supersport Championship under the AARK Racing banner with support from Peter Stevens Motorcycles.

Victorian Christan Casella will be the team’s sole rider on the Daytona 675, managed by AARK Racing’s Andy Offer, while also receiving support from Triumph Australia technical manager Cliff Stovall and Peter Stevens’ well-known engineer Andrew Hallam. Casella finished seventh in this year’s national Supersport series.

Triumph has already enjoyed international success with its three-cylinder Supersport racer, with South Australian Glen Richards winning the 2008 British title, and his countryman Garry McCoy finishing on the podium in this year’s world championship.

“We have been looking at how to best support some of our up and coming young riders and to put back into the industry,” said Triumph Australia’s marketing manager Mal Jarrett. “Getting involved with the Supersport series, and in particular Andy & AARK Racing, seemed a logical way to do so. It’s with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the 2010 race season.”

The six-round 2010 Australian Supersport Championship will begin on 26-28 February at Phillip Island as a support class for the opening round of the World Superbike title.