Penrite Honda Racing will expand to a two-rider operation for the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) after signing young Victorian Mark Chiodo.
Chiodo, 20, impressed as a Superbike rookie this season, rounding out the year with a best result of fourth overall at Phillip Island’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix support races on a Suzuki GSX-R1000R.
Chiodo will join defending champion Troy Herfoss in the expanded squad based out of Melbourne.
“I’m really excited to be joining Penrite Honda Racing for my second year in the Superbike class,” explained Chiodo. “It will be a perfect platform for me to work from within a title-winning team and I know that the CBR1000RR SP is a truly competitive package. Hopefully this year I can consistently be within the top five and possibly battling for podiums. The ER Motorsport crew is really tight-knit and I’m happy to be working with the likes of Stewart Winton and Shaun Clarke for the season ahead. I’m really thankful for the opportunity provided by Deon and the team.”
Penrite Honda Racing team owner Deon Coote welcomed Chiodo to the squad alongside Herfoss, also appointing renowned technician Stewart Winton to work within the team managed by Shaun Clarke.
Deon Coote – Penrite Honda
“The Penrite Honda Racing team is now in a position where we can expand to two riders following a successful season with Troy and we’re looking forward to 2019. It’s always good to support a young talent like Mark, he will fit in well alongside Troy and I think our team environment will be a positive step in his career.”
The first official appearance of Chiodo aboard Penrite Honda Racing’s CBR1000RR SP will come during Motorcycling Australia’s ASBK pre-season test to be held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 2-3 February.
2019 ASBK Calendar
ASBK Test – Phillip Island, VIC February 2 – 3
Round 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island, VIC February 21 – 24
Round 2 – Wakefield Park, Goulburn NSW March 22 – 24
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