SBK, BSB, divorce between Bjorn Estment and NP Motorcycles

The South African, of Italian origin, will not race on the BMW S1000RR in the last round at Brands Hatch. A mutual agreement, which came at the end of the three races in Donington Park.

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The 2020 season of the BSB British Superbike is proving to be highly eventful, not only in terms of rankings, but also with regard to the riders market. The latest news was the divorce between Bjorn Estment and NP Motorcycles. A mutual decision reached between the parties at the end of the chaotic weekend in Donington Park.

The 35-year-old South African of Italian origin - after several seasons spent in the British SuperSport 600 (with an adjoining participation in the Suzuka 8 Hours with Team GSM Racing Grillini) - had decided at the beginning of 2020 to take the big leap into the premier category of the United Kingdom together with the NP Motorcycles Team.

Despite his desire to show off, adapting to the riding prerogatives of the BSB and the BMW S1000RR proved more complicated than expected, with Estment forced to navigate in the low-ranking positions.

With a bike that was definitely not up to par, the best result in the race was a 16th place in the 15 rounds so far. After the last round of the season, Bjorn Estment and NP Motorcyles opted for a simple divorce by mutual agreement. A decision they reached following a long meeting.

They parted on good terms, and the team is now looking for a new rider who will be able to rider the S1000RR in the final three races of 2020 at Brands Hatch in two weeks. Estment will soon announce the new arrangement. In all probability, he'll be present at the British Superbike final, but in which category is still unknown, taking into consideration the opportunity to return to the CIV in 2021 after the Mugello wild card with Team MMR By RAM's Yamaha YZF-R6.

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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