The 2020 WorldSSP300 Champion made his debut in WorldSSP towards the end of 2021 and will race full time in 2022, and will race alongside Benjamin Currie
Two more pieces of the 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship puzzle have been put into place with the announcement that Jeffrey Buis will graduate to WorldSSP full-time for 2022 with G.A.P. MOTOZOO Racing by Puccetti alongside Benjamin Currie. The team will have direct support from Kawasaki Motors Europe in their second season in WorldSSP after making their debut in 2021.
Buis made his WorldSSP debut with the same team at the 2021 Argentinean Round and will race for them at the season-ending Indonesian Round after his third season competing in WorldSSP300. Having joined the Championship in 2019, he claimed the title with four wins and eight podiums in 2020 following a switch to MTM Kawasaki.
He fought for the title again in 2021, sticking with the same team, missing out to teammate Adrian Huertas who will also compete in WorldSSP in 2022 having agreed to stay with MTM Kawasaki as they move up to the Championship. Buis, however, has opted to move to G.A.P. MOTOZOO Racing by Puccetti after making his WorldSSP debut with the team in 2021.
19-year-old Buis revealed his thoughts on the move, saying: “I am really very happy to confirm already now my presence in the Supersport World Championship in 2022. Continuing with Motozoo, the team with which I am competing in the last two races of the 2021 season, in Argentina and Indonesia, makes me happy. I got along well with them right from the debut, they are very professional and prepared. Already in my debut race we managed to reach the points zone. Having confirmed our collaboration also for 2022 will allow us to prepare ourselves in the best possible way for next season.”
The team will once again field two bikes with Buis being joined by German-Australian rider Benjamin Currie, with Currie making his debut on the world stage. Currie moved to the UK from Germany aged 18 and has been competing in the British championships in various classes including the Superstock 600 class, where he claimed runner-up in the championship, and Supersport in 2021 – also claiming second place. Currie also has Superbike experience from his time in Britain when he competed in 2019.
Discussing his move onto the world stage, Currie said: "I have been working for a long time to take the opportunity to compete in the Supersport 600 World Championship. For me it is a dream come true and I am looking forward to getting on track for the first tests. I will have the opportunity to continue my work with Kawasaki and this is certainly very positive. In these seasons I have always achieved great results in Supersport 600 with the Kawasaki ZX-6R and I am sure that thanks to the support of Motozoo Racing by Puccetti I will have the opportunity to reap a lot of satisfaction.”
Fabio Uccelli, G.A.P. MOTOZOO Racing by Puccetti Team Manager, added: “I am really happy to be able to announce our team's participation in the Supersport 600 World Championship also in 2022. We have already defined the plans for next season, even before having finished. that of 2021. Next year we will enjoy the direct support of Kawasaki Motors Europe confirming that the work done this year, in our first world championship season, has been judged very positively by the European branch of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer. It is the right reward for the professionalism shown this year and I am very proud of this. It was obviously a difficult season; we didn't know the tracks and the bike. The support of Kawasaki Motor Europe – in addition to the technical support by the Puccetti organisation - will allow us to grow even more. in 2022, We will have two excellent riders, Jeffrey Buis, already World Champion in the WorldSSP300 class, with whom we are already gaining experience in the end of this season, and Benjamin Currie, protagonist in 2021 in the British Supersport championship, where he finished second. The ingredients to do well are all there, but now we aim to finish the current season well with Buis, with whom we will compete in the next and last race in Indonesia.”
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