Australian Lachlan Epis will line up for his first full season campaign in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship next year, after signing a new deal with the NP Motorcycles Lextek BMW team. Epis made his debut in the British Superbike Championship at the final round of the 2020 season at Brands Hatch.
The 21-year-old Australian started his racing career in dirt track racing, as many Australian riders do, before moving onto asphalt in 2013. In 2015 he competed in the European Superstock 600 Championship on a Kawasaki. He then went on to make the jump up to World Supersport in 2016 riding for Response RE Racing. Staying with Response RE Racing for 2017, Epis made his points scoring debut in the final race in Qatar, whilst a 2017 welcomed a steadier season in the series.
Epis then went to New Zealand in 2020 and competed in the highly competitive New Zealand Superbike Championship finishing fourth in the shortened season, before returning to the World Supersport Championship riding for MPM Routz Racing on a Ten Kate R6 Yamaha.
“After standing in for the team at the final round of the Championship at Brands Hatch this year, I’m excited to be joining the NP Motorcycles Lextek BMW for a full season in 2021.”
“I’m looking forward to training here in Australia before flying to England in March to start testing again with my guys.”
“The goal will be to get comfortable on the bike and in the championship and start working away to fight for the midfield and keep moving forward. I can’t wait to get going!”
Team owner Neil Pearson commented:
“I am really glad to have Lachlan back in the team for next year to work on what we started at Brands Hatch when he stepped in.”
The Australian rider and team are eager to pick up from where he left off at Brands Hatch. The BMW team will have more team news soon, as they plan to run a two-rider team for the 2021 season.
Commenting on the teams aspirations for next year Neil Pearson says:
“We are excited to see where he can come in this very competitive championship with more experience in the series next year. His appearance in the final races of the season this year opened his eyes to how hard this championship is, but he is relishing the challenge."
The start of the new 11 round British Superbike season is set to start at Oulton Park in Cheshire on 2-3 May 2021 before climaxing at the final round at Brands Hatch 15-17 October 2021.
Words: Michael Wincott