Kyle Smith will soon appear as a driver in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The Briton, who lives in Spain, will play the last two weekend races of the season in Indonesia and Australia for Italian TPR team Pedercini.
Kyle Smith is no stranger to the Superbike World Championship circuit. The Briton was a regular on the FIM Supersport World Championship starting list between 2015 and 2019, scoring seven podium spots at both Honda and Kawasaki. His first podium was at MotorLand Aragon in 2015 with a third place finish, while taking his first win of the same season in Qatar. In his first season, Smith had three podiums and one win, while in 2016 he climbed three podiums and two wins.
In 2017 there was no podium for Smith but in 2018 he was allowed to podium once after the race. In 2019, Smith switched to the Pedercini Racing team, and this season he failed to win despite being allowed to start the race from pole position twice. In 2020 and 2021, Smith failed to secure a solid starting point in the production machine-based world championships. In these two seasons, he was active in the Spanish and British Supersports Championships respectively.
Smith is back this season as a driver in the FIFA Supersport World Championship. Despite finishing immediately on the podium in the season-opening weekend at Estoril – he finished second in the second race of the weekend. Despite this promising start to the season, the partnership with Team VFT Racing ended early some time ago.
In recent weeks, Smith has made no secret of the fact that he has been looking for a new job as a driver. The Briton has now found this job. Over the last two racing weekends of the season in Indonesia and Australia, Smith will play for Team TPR Pedercini, in the WorldSBK class. This new challenge also marks Smith’s debut as a driver in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
Kyle Smith: “I am very happy to have the opportunity to race with Team TPR Pedercini in the World Superbike class. The only time I have ridden a Superbike machine was in the FIM Endurance World Championship, which is a different technical spec so I am really excited. I also never rode in the Mandalika because I didn’t I was there last year. I hope to learn from the experience and try to enjoy it. I think Phillip Island will be a little easier because I know the Australian track very well as opposed to Indonesia, but I am ready for both events and looking forward to returning as a rider at the World Superbike circuit.”
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