Rich Energy OMG Racing has confirmed it will be making its road racing debut late this year with entries for the 2022 Isle of Man TT and North West 200 with James Hillier and David Johnson.
A leading contender for the British Superbike Championship (BSB), OMG Racing initially announced plans to expand into road racing in 2020 before COVID-19 put their plans on ice amid race cancellations. events.
Nonetheless, despite the two-year hiatus, OMG Racing has announced that its late debut will continue this year with May’s NW200 before moving to the blue ribbon Isle of Man TT.
The two riders he signed for 2020 in James Hillier and David Johnson will remain on board, although the road racing effort will mirror his BSB counterpart in ditching BMW in favor of Yamaha machines.
As a result, Hillier and Johnson will compete in five races each with outings in the Superbike and Superstock classes on the Yamaha R1 and the Supersport class on the Yamaha R6.
“It’s been a long two years and I can’t wait to get back there,” Johnson said. “Having signed for RICH Energy OMG Racing at the start of 2020, the world then came to a standstill and unfortunately the TT and international road races were cancelled.
“RICH Energy OMG Racing have been wonderful to me throughout the covid period and I am more determined than ever to reward them with a great season this year. I have ridden a lot on different circuits here in Australia on my Yamaha R1 and I feel faster than ever.
“I am delighted to be riding the race versions of the Yamaha R1 and R6 and with the testing program we have in place I am confident that we will be up to the challenge of bringing success to the team and at Yamaha.
Hillier’s arc with OMG Racing comes after his Dakar Rally debut in January was put on hold due to the sharp turnaround caused by the change in brand allegiance.
“I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love so much, it’s been a long time for everyone involved and it will be something special for me and RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha to finally begin our road journey.
“The TT practice week will be a challenge to relearn the circuit and develop a new bike, but with a strong team around me, I’m excited to be riding Yamaha machines this year.
“The Yamaha R1 and R6 are race-proven motorcycles, and our sole objective is to continue that success by bringing the Yamaha R1 back to the top step of a road racing podium.”