It has brought in 33-year-old Dutchman Pepijn Bijsterbosch full time after he impressed on his first ride with the team in the 24H SPA EWC Motos last June, while also recalling Julian Puffe, a 27-year-old from Germany who raced for Team LRP Poland in 2021, three years after he won the Superstock category in the Bol d’Or.
Bijsterbosch and Puffe will join forces with Germany’s Dominik Vincon, 31, who has been part of the BMW-powered squad since 2019. Team owner Bartłomiej Lewandowski announced in January that he will be switching to a reserve rider role in 2023, while also continuing his key management duties.
“We are entering the 2023 season once again raising the bar even higher,” said Lewandowski, the highest ranked Pole in the history of the FIM EWC World Cup and one of the most experienced riders in the series. “Dominik, Pepijn and Julian make up a very strong team that has the chance to fight against the factory teams for the top positions in such legendary 24-hour races as Le Mans or Bol d’Or.
“After years of starts in long-distance racing, I, on the other hand, am entering the 2023 season in a new role. On the one hand, I will focus on the tasks of the manager, even closer supporting our team while working during the races themselves. On the other hand, we will want to continue to make use of my experience, so I will try to help set the motorcycle up as soon as possible during practice as a reserve rider.
“We have put together a very good and competitive package and that’s why we are looking forward to Le Mans and the first race of the FIM Endurance World Championship season.”
Students from the Wrocław University of Technology will continue to service Team LRP Poland’s distinctive black and yellow #90 BMW, a role they carried out to great acclaim in 2022, when the squad placed 10th in the final classification of the FIM Endurance World Championship for Teams. They will work under Marcin Kolanowski, Team LRP’s long-standing technical head.