A NEW year, a new race season, and a new direction for Team DJ racing and the “Ballyhooley Bullet” Jamie Collins.
He is fresh from his double success in 2021 where Jamie clinched both the Mondello Masters Supersport Cup and the USBK Cup title, in a season that also saw Jamie venture to the final round of the BSB at Brands Hatch, where he scored points in both races in the Supersport class.
It was the team’s intention to purchase a new R6 Yamaha and compete in the Mondello Masters Supersport class, as well as taking in the USBK and some BSB rounds, but with the shortage of the new Yamahas, it looked like the team would have to wait until June for the new bike, and this prompted the team’s change of direction.
After discussions with 19-times TT winner Michael Dunlop, it was decided to go a different direction and buy a 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Stock bike to challenge for the Superbike cup class.
Michael has prepared the new bike, and it has been delivered in time for Jamie to go testing in Spain at the start of March, in preparation for the new season.
This will be the first time that Jamie has had the opportunity to go pre-season testing outside Ireland, and the Spanish test will help him get to grips with the new Suzuki.
Team Principal Danny Breen said: “We are delighted to be working with the vastly experienced Michael Dunlop, and his work and preparation on the new Suzuki is top class, and we just can’t wait to get going in Spain in a few weeks’ time, and we are also looking forward to the start of the new season.
“We are also excited to have secured new sponsors, and after Jamie’s success last year it is heartening to have attracted new companies to support Jamie for his challenge that lies ahead.”
Jamie Collins added: “I am excited and delighted to have Michael Dunlop prepare my new bike for this season, and you couldn’t have a better, and more experienced bike builder on your side.
“I am looking forward to testing it in Spain in March, and getting back home, where we will start off the season at Bishopscourt on Easter Saturday, and then the following weekend in Mondello for the start of the Masters.
“We had to make the change from the original plan late in 2021, and having the advice of Michael on our side was the clincher in going for the Suzuki.
“I am also delighted to have a number of my old sponsors back with me for the new season, and I can’t wait to announce our new sponsor in the coming weeks.
“The bike is totally naked at the minute in preparation for testing, but it will be ready with the help of Luke at Unlimited Industries before the season kicks off in April.”
Keep ’er lit!