It was a heart-breaking end to a rollercoaster 2022 season for Australian Supersport runner up Ty Lynch.
Many were left asking “what if” after Ty was taken out at Phillip Island back in November, in what has been described as a "season defining moment." This weekend, fans will flock to the island to witness the ASBK series kick off the 2023 season in conjunction with round 1 of WorldSBK.
Parting ways with 727Moto Racing, Ty has a fresh outlook for the year ahead and will fight for the Supersport championship under the banner of newly developed AMR Motorsport, aka Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery Motorsport, a family team with a focus on moving forwards.
“Racing in the ASBK championship - as everyone involved knows it’s not cheap, and my family have sacrificed their lives to assist me in chasing my dreams, so it made sense to use Dad’s business (Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery) as the team name for the 2023 season and the future. They’ve supported my racing now since I was 4 years old and I don’t think myself or anyone around us has given them the recognition they deserve for all the sacrifices they’ve made assisting me to get to where I am today, and it’s taken me years of learning about teams/sponsorships etc. to fully understand how much they’re really putting in.”
Unitech Racing have also thrown their support behind Ty Lynch for the championship fight, forming a new partnership for the coming race season.
"The Unitech Racing team welcome Ty Lynch. We see the potential in Ty and are keen to support him with his challenge for the Supersport Championship in 2023. We're keen to be involved in the 600 class and believe Ty could be a strong contender for the title, and a great fit as a potential team member in the future." - Donna Hoeymakers, Unitech team owner
Looking back on the official ASBK test at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier this month, Ty recalls a tough 2 days in which he struggled to get into gear whilst still recovering from the injuries he sustained at the end of last season. He found the test eye-opening, and a kick in the right direction to prepare himself for round 1.
“The biggest challenge for me right now is overcoming those injuries, I’m still sore and I haven’t been able to train as hard as I would’ve liked to over the last 2-3 months. So it’s more of a physical challenge heading into round 1. I know the team have my back, and my mechanic William Lush and crew chief John Hafey have given me the package to run up the front and win on, so that has re-ignited the fire and hunger to go back to the drawing board and give them Ty Lynch at 110%.”
Another big change for the team in 2023 is the switch to Michelin tyres, moving on from previous sponsor Pirelli.
“I was comfortable on the Pirelli Tyres but I was never satisfied - I just felt I never meshed with them to their full capability like other riders have been able to do, so when Doug and Alex from Michelin discussed the options for 2023 at the end of last year we jumped at the opportunity. We tested the tyres on the Monday following the round, and I’ve never ridden on a tyre that has provided me instant lap time improvements, and instant confidence until now. Another thing that I wasn’t used to at the time was the technical support they provided for us even on the Monday when coming in and out of the pits, they have a very different way of doing things but they showed belief in my ability to get the job done. Now it’s my turn to return that favour and show them that they have made the right decision in supporting my 2023 championship attempt.”
“My goal is to win the championship this year, and I won’t settle for anything less. We have a lot of testing to do and a lot to work on but of course ASBK is our main goal and plan for the year - we’re not overly interested in competing in any other championships in AUS. I dare say we will venture out and do some VIC titles just for a little extra bike time, but it’s not about winning there, it’s all about getting valuable seat time.”
ASBK round 1 will take place at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from Friday Feb 24th - Sunday Feb 26th.
Live TV coverage will be available on SUNDAY through SBS and SBS On Demand, as well as Stan Sport and Sky Sports NZ.
Check your local guides for times, and keep up to date via the ASBK website and official social media channels.
BY REBECCA BOWDIDGE