No IRRC for Schoots and Rebel Racing in 2019

Nadieh Schoots and her Rebel Racing Team have come to the decision to no longer participate in the IRRC Superbike championship in 2019. Instead the team will focus on some of the smaller Northern Irish road races to supplement the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, and Macau Grand Prix.

The reason behind this decision is the way both riders and organisation have dealt with the warm up lap incident Schoots was involved in at Frohburg last September. Both Schoots and a collegue racer were seriously injured. Preventing a similar incident in the future simply through traveling at (race) speed on warm up laps, as is the custom in most racing series, doesn’t seem to be a priority within IRRC. Additionally Schoots wants to be optimally prepared for her Isle of Man TT debut in 2020, and feels there is more to learn from the Irish circuits compared to the IRRC circuits.

The team and mainly Schoots herself have found this an incredibly tough decision to come to, and they hope the European fans understand that safety comes first.. even in road racing. Rebel Racing promises they will return to at least Imatra and Horice in the future, when organisations no longer allow coasting.

See below the team’s provisional 2019 calendar. These races are definitive, and when budget allows it the BSB paddock may see Schoots return to Superstock 1000 for one or two events.

26-27 April: Cookstown 100
12-18 May: North West 200
24-26 May: Ducati Club Race Assen
13-14 July: Terlicky Okruh (Czech Republic)
26-27 July: Armoy Road Races
5-10 August: Ulster Grand Prix
14-17 November: Macau Grand Prix