ISLE OF MAN – Ice Valley by Motorsave has announced Laurent Hoffmann and Franck Petricola as their riders for this year’s Isle Of Man TT.
Hoffmann and Petricola will both be making make their first starts in the race.
Double International Road Race Supersport champion Hoffmann will step up to the 1000cc class and ride a BMW S1000R in the Dainese Superbike, RL 360⁰ Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races and he will also contest the two Monster Energy Supersport races on a Honda CBR600RR.
Having taken his first title in 2012, the Belgian rider dominated the 2013 IRRC Supersport 600cc championship on his ZX-6R Kawasaki, never finishing lower than second. He opened his season with a win at the opening round at Hengelo, Gelderland before taking double victories at both Oostende, Belgium and Chimay, Belgium and continued to win five of the ten races held during the season. The 30-year old also took second in four other events with a retirement in the final race of the season at Frohburg as the only blemish on his 100-percent podium record.
Along with team-mates Nico Hautekiet and Jan van Steelandt, Hoffmann also finished second in the 600cc class of the Spa-Francorchamps Six Hour Endurance Race. A former Belgian Supersport Champion, he has also enjoyed success on the road circuits in the Czech Republic, taking a hat-trick of victories at Terlicko in 2012.
Petricola will also be BMW-mounted for the 1000cc races and will compete in the three-lap Lightweight TT on an ER6 650cc Kawasaki. The 30-year old is another regular in the IRRC Championship and enjoyed his best season last year with 11th overall in the superbike category. His best result, sixth, came at Chimay and he ended the year strongly with six successive top 10 finishes and took a brace of thirds in the Lightweight Races at Horice and Terlicko.
“I’ve seen just how good Laurent and Franck are up close having raced alongside them in the International Road Race Championship across Europe so I am delighted to be welcoming them to our team for this year’s TT Races,” said team owner Paul Shoesmith. “I’m sure they will both give a good account of themselves. They are both working hard on their circuit knowledge using on board footage and they both gained a lot from a recent visit to the Island. They are putting everything into getting themselves ready for their debut this June.”