Triumph to continue in British Supersport with Astro JJR

Astro JJR takes on Triumph's factory-backed effort in the 2022 British Supersport Championship after the Dynavolt effort confirmed its 2022 WorldSSP move

Triumph STR765, Dynavolt, PTR, British SSP

Triumph has confirmed it will continue to compete in the British Supersport Championship for 2022 in a factory capacity with the Astro JJR team.

The British manufacturer returned to short circuit racing in 2021 as part of a pilot project to determine the viability of the Supersport class adopting new regulations that would allow larger engined motorcycles to compete alongside the stalwart Yamaha R6 and Kawasaki ZX-6R/636 models.

Entering under the Dynavolt Triumph banner - run by Simon Buckmaster’s PTR team - the successful entry yielded two victories and smoothed the way for Triumph and Ducati to return to WorldSSP in 2022.

In addition to its WorldSSP comeback, Triumph will continue to have a presence in British Supersport with Astro JJR, which switches from the National Superstock Championship with Kiwi Shane Richardson and Rhys Irwin, the latter having finished ninth overall in BritishSSP with Macadam Appleyard Yamaha, scoring a pair of podiums to his name in 2021.

“This is a big deal because while it’s only doing what we’ve done for 20 years as a team, this is our first factory deal,” said Astro JJR boss Stuart Tromans. “We’re honoured Triumph has chosen us to carry its British Supersport ambitions in 2022. 

“At Astro we’ve punched above our weight in the British championship for years and we’ll maximise the value of everything that goes into this team to really make a difference.”

Though Triumph no longer offers a sportsbike in its range, the homologated Triumph Street Triple 765 RS is raced with a fairing similar to its discontinued Daytona model.