News 14 Jan 2024

Toparis in for complete 2024 ASBK Superbike campaign

Continuing with Stop & Seal Racing in return home for next season.

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Stop & Seal Racing has confirmed Tom Toparis will make his full-time debut in the premier class of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) in 2024.

The 23-year-old will return home from the British championship to the ASBK in the Robbie Bolger-owned team, while also considering wildcard opportunities in World Supersport.

“I really appreciate the opportunity that Robbie and Claire are giving me this year both to race a Superbike and also to support me to race on the world stage,” Toparis said. “I’m motivated to give them the best results I can and I’m excited to get back on the Stop & Seal Superbike.

“The last two rounds in 2023 showed me how dedicated everyone is around me to be successful and I’m looking forward to getting back to the track with the team, getting up to speed on the superbike and announcing the first wildcard once everything is in place.”

Bolger commented: “While Tom is doing quite well overseas, it’s difficult for the next generation of riders to secure rides without paying, and once you start down that path, it’s difficult to break the cycle and turn the tables to become a paid rider. By committing to race a Superbike here in the ASBK, we can continue Tom’s progression as a rider, and I hope we can secure some wildcard rides to prove to teams on the world stage that Tom is a talent worthy of their support.

“As a team, we’re also looking to expand our racing schedule to a few other key races internationally, so I’m looking forward to confirming those plans in the coming weeks, but our initial focus now, is to find the next rider to jump on the 600 we built for Tom last year.”