The Australian will make his first appearance on the world stage next year as he links up with the Motozoo Racing by Puccetti team
The 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship season has only just finished but eyes are already turning to 2023, and a new face will line up on next season’s grid. Australian rider Luke Power will link up with the Motozoo Racing by Puccetti team to ride Kawasaki machinery next season for his maiden campaign on the world stage after competing in the United States and his native Australia, where he achieved success and competitive results.
The 17-year-old was fifth in 2022 in MotoAmerica in the Supersport championship where he took two podiums and a best result of second place when on Suzuki machinery. He took second at Alabama to round out his maiden WorldSSP campaign, while his first podium came at Road America towards the start of his campaign in the United States.
His career started in his native Australia as he came through the ranks in the Australian Superbike championship, as well as local championships in the state of Victoria. He took titles on a state level but, in 2020, he competed I the ASBK Supersport 300 championship and took fifth place, before graduating to ASBK Supersport for 2021. In his first and final campaign in Australian Supersport, he finished in sixth place. Power also has experience of the Road to MotoGP™ programme after he competed in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup in 2019, taking a best result of ninth place.
Discussing his move to WorldSSP, with his first round set to be his home round at Phillip Island, Power said: “I am really happy to be racing in the World Supersport Championship 2023 with Motozoo Racing by Puccetti. I would like to thank the team for this great opportunity. It will be truly incredible to be racing for Kawasaki, one of my favourite manufacturers since I was a kid and dreamed of starting racing in the World Championship. I'm so happy to have this chance and I thank Motozoo Racing, I'm sure we'll achieve great results together!”
Motozoo Racing Team Manager, Fabio Uccelli, added: “I'm really happy that Luke has chosen to race with us next season. He is a very young but very fast rider, who has managed to prove his worth in every category in which he has competed. In America he had a great debut year, achieving two podium places in his very first season. Previously, in addition to excellent performances in Supersport and Supersport 300, he also brought home great results in the minor categories. I can't wait to see him in action; he's a very determined guy and I'm sure he will have no difficulty adapting to the new bike.
“Right now, we want to finalise the 2023 line-up as it is crucial for us to plan for next year well in advance, also because the season will start soon. This great finale to our season confirms that we are a very good team; performance by Tom Booth-Amos in these last races has shown that we can hold our own in the Supersport World Championship. The confirmation of direct support from Kawasaki Motor Europe is further proof of this. We are therefore looking forward very enthusiastically to the start of the 2023 season and we will be all ready with a competitive line-up, in terms of both riders, and team and bike.”
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