Nov 20, 2012
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DAVID 'LINO' LINORTNER, one of the most promising young racers from Austria, will join PTR in the World Supersport Championship in 2013.
The 21-year-old has incredible raw speed and ability, proved when he took an eighth place at the Nurburgring round of WSS in 2012 as a wild card rider.
A multiple race winner in the IDM Supersport Championship in Germany, his rise through the ranks has been meteoric and with PTR he has high ambitions in the World Championship, especially as he will be bringing his long time trusted mechanic Bernd Klockmann to the PTR team as his chassis technician.
Lino joins Imre Toth, Luca Marconi and Nacho Calero at PTR Honda in the prestigious World Supersport Championship. PTR's final rider will be announced shortly.
Lino: "At the end of the season there were different opportunities and situations in conversation and we looked at different options in the STK-1000 and World Supersport. My target was the Supersport World Championship, so I am very happy that my sponsors have opted for this route. PTR Honda is one of the most successful World Supersport teams in recent years; I am sure I will have a very competitive package in 2013. I will meet the Team for the first time at the end of January in the first test in Spain - I can hardly wait to ride the PTR Honda. Only one month later, I start at the first race in Australia. "
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Team Manager: "We are very excited with Lino and his potential. He has already proved to be a top eight finisher and we are confident that Lino and the PTR Honda will be a strong package. He has a lot to learn and it won't be easy but he has the talent to go far and we want to help take him as high up the results sheet as possible."