BRANDON PAASCH JOINS TEAM HAMMER FOR REMAINDER OF 2023 MOTOAMERICA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Team Hammer is pleased to announce that Brandon Paasch will compete for the team aboard a Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000R for the remainder of the 2023 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship, beginning with the event July 7-9 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Despite his youth, at 22, Paasch has a long record of success on a diverse collection of machinery in professional road racing. In 2016, Paasch won the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup and finished third in the KTM RC Cup World Final. He then spent the majority of the next three seasons racing a Moto3 machine in England and Europe, winning the 2019 British MotoStar Championship.
In 2020, Paasch finished third in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship with 13 podium finishes. After winning the 2021 Daytona 200, he spent the rest of the year racing for a factory team in British Supersport.
Paasch started 2022 by winning the Daytona 200 for a second straight year, before riding an Altus Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000R to six victories and a second in the MotoAmerica Superbike Cup Championship, and to four podium finishes on his way to fourth in the Stock 1000 Championship.
A back injury has kept Paasch from riding in MotoAmerica so far in 2023, but now fully recovered and fresh from a competitive run at the 100th Loudon Classic, Paasch is ready to take on his new challenge.
“Obviously, I’m super excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Paasch. “This was a great surprise for me. My goal has always been to get into Superbike, but coming off an injury some may have been skeptical of me. Doing the Loudon Classic allowed me to prove that I’m still the same guy before I got hurt.
“I’ve been working hard every day to return to fitness, probably more than before Daytona, but I also know that I’m playing catch up. I also know I have a bit of a transition ahead of me as far as learning to ride the Superbike, but I’m ready for it. My only goal is to get a little faster and a little more competitive each time I go on track.”
ABOUT TEAM HAMMER
The 2023 season marks Team Hammer’s 43rd consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 129 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 350 times and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport). The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.
ABOUT VISION WHEEL
Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks, and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels and tires for ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts. Vision Wheel looks beyond the current trends and to the future in developing, manufacturing, and distributing its wheels. Vision’s lines of street, race, off-road, American Muscle, and Milanni wheels are distributed nationally and internationally through a trusted network of distributors. Vision Wheel also produces the Vision It AR app to allow users to see how their wheel of choice will look on their vehicle before purchase and installation. For more information on Vision Wheel, visit www.visionwheel.com.
Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. (SMO) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automotive Parts, Accessories, and ECSTAR Oils & Chemicals via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors, and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.