Pole Pawel Szkopek joins Ellison at PTR Honda off-shoot
By David Miller
Image by Paul Sturman
Former British Superbike front runner James Ellison will be partnered by Polish rider Pawel Szkopek in his World Supersport team, now called Bogdanka PTR Honda, and not Romania as previously speculated.
The new team is a multi-year partnership between Bogdanka Racing and PTR.
LW Bogdanka is an undisputed leader in the Polish coal mining business as the country’s only stock listed mine, while PTR is the race organisation behind the dominant Parkalgar Honda World Supersport Team that has won 12 out the last 25 Championship races.
“This partnership sees Poland’s first World Championship full-time race team and it is starting at the very highest level with proven technical ability and a realistic chance to win a World Championship thanks to PTR,” said racing director Michael Igor Piasecki.
“This is a partnership, it is not a sponsorship. PTR will help to operate and organise the team alongside Parkalgar Honda out of the same garage and there will be shared branding with the Parkalgar squad. Bogdanka PTR Honda is employing Polish staff to work on the project alongside British engineers.
“This is one of the best opportunities for Poland to win a World Championship in any motorsport in 2011 – we have the best bikes and in James Ellison one of the pre-season favourites. Pawel Szkopek is the best rider in Poland right now and the eight times national Champion will learn quickly from his team mate – we expect him to be featuring at the sharp end of the results.”