Syahrin will become the most recent grand prix rider to make the swap complete-time to WSBK, following past month’s information that Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge will comprise Honda’s manufacturing unit line-up upcoming calendar year.
The Malaysian will associate Mercado, who has used the 2021 season using MIE’s sole CBR1000RR-R with a most effective finish so far this 12 months of eighth at Portimao. It signifies the workforce returns to working two bikes as it did in 2020 right before its break up with companion team Althea Racing.
“We are extremely pleased to validate two potent riders like Leandro Mercado and Hafizh Syahrin, consequently doubling up on our line-up for the 2022 Environment Superbike year,” claimed crew manager Midori Moriwaki.
“‘Tati’ [Mercado] has been wonderful this year, often protecting a optimistic and determined angle, in spite of some complicated moments for the staff, and building an critical contribution to the solid progress we have designed above the year. He is rapid, identified, and experienced and, by extending our collaboration, we will provide continuity to our venture.
“We have been subsequent Hafizh’s profession around the decades, ever due to the fact he ran his 1st wildcard race in the Moto2 World Championship on a Moriwaki bike at just 16 many years of age. He is one of numerous strong riders to have emerged from the lively and competitive racing scene on the Asian continent, the place motorcycling is a a great deal-cherished and very well-known activity.
“Hafizh is pretty proficient and aggressive and will be a extremely useful addition to our group and the Superbike Earth Championship.”
Just after 4 seasons in Moto2, Syahrin was unexpectedly promoted to a Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP seat in 2018 when Jonas Folger was compelled to fall out of the crew because of to disease, and caught with the French workforce for its switch to KTM equipment in 2019.
However, a tricky sophomore year in the leading course was followed by a return to Moto2 in 2020 with the Aspar squad, and for 2021 the 27-calendar year-previous joined the minnow RW Racing outfit.
With just this weekend’s Valencia time finale to go, Syahrin sits a lowly 28th in the factors table with a very best end of ninth at Mugello.
On his move to WSBK, Syahrin said: “I would like to thank the group, Midori Moriwaki in particular, and Honda for the belief and have faith in they place in me. I am positive we will be ready to operate properly together and hopefully make great benefits. I will do my really greatest as always.
“This will be a new obstacle for me, and I am enthusiastic about getting began! I would like to thank all the sponsors, my loved ones, mates, and the followers as well for their ongoing guidance – I know everyone is as thrilled as I am!”