Team#109 Kawasaki will field Daniel Mogeda and Harry Khouri in an expanded two-rider line-up in 2022
A piece of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship has been put into place as Team#109 Kawasaki confirmed their rider line-up for the 2022 season, with the Irish outfit fielding two riders in an expanded setup. Spanish rider Daniel Mogeda remains with the team and will be joined by Australia’s Harry Khouri onboard their Kawasaki Ninja 400 machines.
The team joined WorldSSP300 in 2020 after success in the British championships in 2018, and fielded James McManus and Eunan McGlinchley. McManus returned to the team for the first part of the 2021 campaign before Mogeda joined the team halfway through the season, elevating the team to be constantly fighting for the top-ten. His best result came at Magny-Cours Race 1 with fifth place.
Mogeda was looking forward to remaining with the team in 2022. The Barcelona-born rider said: “When I started racing when I was five years old, I went to bed every night dreaming about racing in a World Championship. Dreams don’t always come true but for me they have. I am part of Team 109, a high-level professional team which has everything in place needed to win the championship. Of course, I still have a lot to learn but I am with the best team to help me reach my goal. I am really looking forward to starting the new season. I will give my best in every race!”
Australian Khouri moves across to the team after competing with Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki in 2020 in his first campaign in WorldSSP300. His best result of the season, like Mogeda, came in his first race of the season when he scored ninth place at MotorLand Aragon in Race 1. Khouri will remain on Kawasaki machinery for his second campaign in WorldSSP300 but will compete with a new team.
Khouri believes the switch will help him fight for podiums and victories. He said: “I can’t wait to start the 2022 season with Team 109. This year was a huge learning curve, but I’m look forward to using my experience from this year to get the best possible results. My goal for next year is to consistently be up the front and to be in the position to fight for podiums and wins. I really think that this team can help me achieve this and I can’t wait to get started.”
As well as their WorldSSP300 outfit, Team#109 Kawasaki have committed to the FIM MiniGP Series through involvement in the Irish Talent Team as the outfit looks to find more up-and-coming Irish riders to progress into World Championship racing. Discussing the expanded line-up and involvement in the FIM MiniGP Series, Team Principal Paul Tobin said: “I would like to thank all our sponsors for sticking with us and enabling us to expand to a two-rider team next season. We are really excited about the growth of Team 109 within the World Superbike paddock. Daniel rode with us in the last four races of 2021 and did a fantastic job. He is only sixteen, has fantastic potential and we are excited to work with him for a full season. Harry has been on our radar and is a rider who has also demonstrated his speed and potential in his first season of WorldSSP300. I think the Team 109 environment will really help him and we saw at our event on Saturday night that he is very much a team player and like Daniel will represent us in a professional way both on and off track. Coming from Australia to Europe to race motorcycles is not easy but he has done an excellent job. It’s a great prospect for us to have both bikes running at the front next year!
“Regarding the FIM Mini GP Series, this is something that provides a great structure for young riders and is something that we are proud to put our name to. We are hoping that through the Irish Talent Team we can sow the seeds to ensure an Irish rider has the ladder to move into the World Championship with us in the future. It would be fantastic if we could find the next Jonathan Rea, Eugene Laverty, or Jack Kennedy in the coming years. We will run two bikes in the FIM MiniGP series under the banner Irish Talent Team powered by 109. Alan O’Connor will manage it along with some of our experienced crew. We would also like to further extend our thanks to our loyal sponsors for getting behind us with this new initiative. In association with the promoter MCI, we will provide support to all riders competing not only those within our team!”
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