EAB Racing and Glenn van Straal scores important points during World Supersport Championship in Estoril

In the weekend from 20 to 22 May the EAB Racing rode his third race of the season at the Portuguese Circuito Estoril. It was a good weekend for the 21-year-old Dutchman who once again showed good speed. With a seventh place in race one and eighth in race two, the EAB Racing Team can look back on a good weekend.

Friday afternoon the EAB Racing Team rider Glenn started his first free practice of the weekend. During the first-time practice Glenn was hasn’t had the right feeling on the Yamaha YZF-R6. After some adjustments to the bike things went a lot better for Glenn during the second free practice. We saw the rider from Hoogkarspel back in fifth place overall after the two free practice sessions.

Saturday morning at 11:15 the Superpole started. Glenn did a good qualifying in Estoril and set a time of 1’39.952. He was allowed to start the races from a third starting position. He was able to improve continuously throughout the session and on his last lap he put the Yamaha on the front row of the grid. An excellent performance from the EAB Racing team rider.

The first race on Saturday afternoon. During the start Glenn managed to hold his rhythm and came through in fifth place after the first lap. The following lap, EAB Racing Team rider passerd Jules Cluzel for third place. Then he got into the fight for the lead. Glenn showed excellent speed and passed Dominique Aegerter fighting for place one. Unfortunately due to a crash, his podium chances were lost. But Glenn didn’t hesitate for a moment and picked up his Yamaha YZR-R6 to finish in a neater seventh place.

In race two we saw different weather conditions. It was a race, where splashes of rain made spectacular situations. In the first few opening laps Glenn lost some ground. He closed the gap towards the leading group but got stuck at the tail of the group. The EAB Racing Team rider finished the weekend in Portugal in eighth place.

Glenn: “Overall it was a good weekend in Estoril. Friday morning started off difficult and I couldn’t quite find my way. In the second free practice session, I found more confidence in the bike and with a good tire we were again in good rhythm. I had a perfect Superpole, on my last lap I came in third place. In race one we had a good rhythm until I crashed. Fortunately I was able to pick up the bike and fight my way back to seventh. Race two was a tough race, I had some grip problems throughout the race which resulted in eighth place. We have again secured important points for the championship. Thanks to the EAB Racing Team for this weekend.”

EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen are now fourth in the championship standings. The team will be back on Italian soil in the weekend of June 10-12. Then the fourth race of the season will take place on the circuit of Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”.

EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen had an excellent weekend in Assen
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EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen had an excellent weekend in Assen

EAB Racing and Glenn van Straalen scores great results during their homeround in Assen. Last weekend from April 22 to 24, the TT Circuit hosted the second round of the World Supersport Championship. With Glenn his first ever podium in the World Championship the EAB Racing Team is very satisfied with this result. In race one Glenn finished a magnificent weekend with a phenomenal second place. Race two came due an early end due a crash with the start.

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Excellent weekend in Aragon gives confidence for Glenn van Straalen

Glenn van Straalen and the EAB Racing Team closed the first race weekend of 2022 with a good feeling. Van Straalen rode to his career best results in the Supersport World Championship. During the practices the Yamaha rider consistently rode in the top fifteen. The qualifying was perfect and Glenn was able to set a fast lap straight away. He put the Yamaha YZF-R6 in fifth place for the opening race at Motorland Aragon.

Last weekend Motorland Aragon was the place to be for the World Supersport Championship. Glenn had an excellent opening to the season. The free practices were good, so went the Superpole. Glenn qualified in a decent fifth place. His best qualification this championship.

From a second row, Glenn started the first race of the weekend. The start was hectic for the EAB Racing Team rider. He had to rode wide lines in the first corners. Van Straalen came through the first lap in seventh place, riding in a large group. He managed to fight his way through the group and ended up in fourth place. The top three already had a small lead but Glenn started the hunt for the group in front of him. He was able to keep up with the top three for the first half of the race but as the race followed, he had to let go of the leading trio. Glenn rode a decent race to his best result in his World Supersport 600 career in fourth place.

With the start of the second race Glenn faced the same obstacles as the first race. He had not the best start. The first round was characterized by several moments. As result, the top three was already gone, just like Saturday. The first two laps there was a battle for fourth place, until Glenn passed and was able to ride at his own pace. He was in fourth place for the entire race. Until the last lap, when a rider on the third place got technical problems. the EAB Racing team riders was in third place. Until the last corner the podium seemed within reach. But Glenn got passed by a rider just before the finish. Glenn achieved twice a fourth place at Motorland in Aragon.

Glenn: “It was a positive weekend. The speed was good throughout the weekend. During the free practice sessions, the focus was mainly on the setting of the bike and finding a good basis for the race distance. The Superpole on Saturday went perfectly, I managed to improve my time lap time considerably. I qualified fifth. My best qualifying in the Supersport yet! Both races were good. I felt good on the bike all weekend. Unfortunately, the opening laps were not optimal both of the races and I had to make up a few places both times. When I was in fourth place, the top three in both races were already gone. Of course, I would have liked to finish the second race with a podium, but I’m more than happy with two fourth place finishes. Thanks to the EAB Racing team and on to our home race in Assen!”

In two weeks’time it is the home race for Glenn and the EAB Racing Team. In the weekend of April 22 to 24, the WorldSBK paddock will race at the TT-Circuit in Assen.

EAB Racing Team extends contract with Glenn van Straalen for 2022

Following his performances in the 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship, EAB Racing Team is pleased to confirm that Glenn van Straalen will stay by EAB Racing Team in 2022. Glenn started his 2021 WorldSSP campaign at the Catalunya Round at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain and scored a top-10 finish four times out of nine races. By finishing in eighth at Race 2 in Argentina, he achieved his best result of his WorldSSP career during the penultimate race weekend of 2021.

21-years-old Glenn started his career in the WorldSBK paddock in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship and scored two podium finishes as he ended in second twice during his home race at the TT Circuit of Assen in 2017 and 2018. In 2021 Glenn also raced in the German IDM Supersport Championship and took the double at Assen to finish third in the final standings despite missing the last race weekend at Hockenheim due to a clash with the WorldSSP race weekend at Jerez de la Frontera.

Glenn van Straalen: ‘I’m happy and proud that we can continue the hard work of 2021 and that I can race a full WorldSSP season. It’s also a great opportunity for me to once again measure myself against the best Supersport riders in the world. I can’t wait to start the season and have my fingers crossed that we can have a ‘normal’ race year, with spectators and no cancellations of races anymore. Thanks to my family, sponsors and fans for the great support in 2021, I’m looking forward to see you all soon!’

Ferry Schoenmakers – team owner: ‘We are delighted to confirm that Glenn van Straalen will remain with EAB Racing Team for 2022. Glenn has impressed me a lot this year, as he jumped on the EAB Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6 for the first time at Barcelona and he was riding like he raced all year long in the World Supersport Championship! I’m sure that with a good winter test preparation, Glenn can make a lot of progress in 2022 and I can’t wait for the start of the new season.’

The first 2022 WorldSSP race weekend is scheduled 8 – 10 April at MotorLand Aragon, Spain.

Challenging end of 2021 for EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen in Indonesia

EAB Racing Team and Glenn van Straalen have ended their 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship campaign with three points after finishing Race 1 on Saturday in P13. It was a historical weekend in Indonesia as it was the first ever WorldSSP race weekend at the brand new Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit and the last WorldSSP race weekend under the current regulations.

Glenn van Straalen had a difficult start of his weekend after a crash in FP2 and that resulted in a difficult Superpole session as well, but in Race 1 Glenn improved a lot aboard his EAB Racing Team Yamaha R6. He finished Race 1 in a strong P13: ‘It was not a bad race at all on Saturday. From the beginning it was splashing and in the last sector it was really wet, but the rain didn’t really set in. We had a good start and gain some positions in the opening laps, but more importantly we made a lot of progress compared to Friday.’

Rain also played an important role during the Sunday Race, although it rained less heavily than on Saturday. Unfortunately, Glenn had different challenges this time, after an early collision.

Glenn: ‘I had indeed a collision in the first corner, which left a hole in the engine, and I also lost a lot of places after this incident. But I was inside the points again before I had to retire the bike with a technical issue, caused by the turn 1 incident. It’s a shame we lost important track time on Friday, but I would like to thank the EAB Racing Team for their hard work all weekend long. It was not the result we wanted to end the season, but it was still cool to race in Indonesia!’

Ferry Schoenmakers – EAB Racing Team owner: ‘I would like to thank everyone for the great support this season. It was certainly a season full of challenges, but we have ended the year with a top 10 in the Team Standings of the 2021 FIM Supersport World Championship and the podium finish at Assen – our home race – was something really special and something we will never forget. Thanks again to all our team members, riders, sponsors and fans. Soon we hope to announce more details about our 2022 campaign.’

Double top 10 for Glenn van Straalen and EAB Racing Team at San Juan in Argentina

EAB Racing Team rider Glenn van Straalen has scored a wonderful P8 and P9 at the Argentina round of the WorldSSP 2021 season at Circuito San Juan Villicum. It was the first overseas WorldSBK event after a long time due to the covid pandemic and it turned out to be a weekend to remember for EAB Racing Team and Glenn after challenging rounds at Jerez and Portimao.

After a sandstorm on Thursday, track conditions were very treacherous on Friday, but Glenn did a wonderful job as he ended the first day of practice in a very strong P6 aboard his EAB Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6.

Glenn had to start from P15 after a difficult Superpole session on Saturday but still was able to score an impressive top 10 finish as he ended Race 1 in P9 after a very strong recovery from the fifth row of the Circuito San Juan Villicum grid.

The first lap of the Sunday race was hectic with an early crash for two riders in the first corner. Glenn managed to stay out of trouble and was in the top 10 again, before he ended in a real ding-dong battle with a couple of other riders for P7. After 19 hectic laps, Glenn ended the penultimate race weekend of 2021 in an impressive P8.

Glenn: ‘I was able to gain a few places in the first few laps on Saturday and after that I had the same pace as Friday, so I was happy with P9. The feeling with the R6 was good as well so I was really looking forward to Race 2. Today I scored my best result in World Supersport! However, I had the feeling that we could do a little bit more. I had a great feeling with the bike but I got a bit stuck in the group fighting for P7, so I couldn’t quite find my own pace. Overall we had a very good weekend in Argentina!’

Difficult races for Glenn van Straalen and EAB Racing Team at Portimao

EAB Racing Team rider Glenn van Straalen has crashed out of today’s second WorldSSP race at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. Glenn started from P11 after a very strong Superpole session and was in P9 after the first lap, before he lost two positions when the race progressed.

Overnight rain caused a different grip level at the Portimao race track and a lot of riders had many difficulties with these treacherous circumstances. Unfortunately Glenn was one of the riders who crashed, but luckily rider okey.

Glenn: “We were in a good position and it was a strong race. Unfortunately we were not in the leading group, but we were fighting for a good top-ten result. A small moment caused the end of my race. It was a real shame, because we could have used a finish. I want to thank the team for their work this weekend. We are in good shape and that gives confidence for the upcoming races.”

The next race weekend will be in two weeks’ time as the WorldSSP Championship will race in Argentina at Circuito San Juan Villicum.

DNF for Van Straalen and EAB Racing Team on emotional Sunday at Jerez de la Frontera

Glenn van Straalen has crashed out of today’s WorldSSP race aboard his EAB Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6. Glenn started from P11 after a promising Superpole session and was fighting for the top 10 again, before he crashed out half-way through the race in Turn 12. The best news after all is that Glenn is fine after his crash.

It was the first WorldSSP race of the weekend as tragic hit Jerez de la Frontera yesterday during the WorldSSP300 race. Following a serious incident during Race 1 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship Dean Berta Viñales lost his life in a crash. The remaining on-track activity on Saturday was cancelled.

EAB Racing Team sends love to the family of Dean Berta Viñales, his loved ones and his team. The whole motorcycle racing world will miss you, Dean.

Glenn van Straalen finishes with EAB Racing Team the 2021 WorldSSP season

Glenn van Straalen will ride for the EAB Racing Team for the remaining races of the 2021 World Supersport season. This weekend the 20-year old will ride the Yamaha R6 during the races at the Jerez circuit. This means Glenn can’t participate with NIWA Racing during the IDM season finale at the Hockheimring.

Last weekend Glenn van Straalen made his comeback in World Supersport with the EAB Racing Team. The world championship round at the Catalunya circuit went very well for the Dutch combination, because two top-ten results were scored in this strong field. Glenn now gets the chance to finish the World Supersport season with the EAB Racing Team. Next weekend the team will race again at the Jerez circuit in Spain and a week later at the Portuguese circuit of Portimão. There are two more rounds scheduled outside Europe at the end of the season.

Glenn van Straalen: “I want to thank NIWA Racing for respecting my decision to continue with EAB Racing Team in World Supersport. I am very grateful that they give me this opportunity. We might lose the third place in the IDM, but I have the chance to show myself a few more times on a world stage level! The feeling with the bike in Catalunya was very good with two top-ten finishes and I would like to continue these kind of results. Thanks to EAB Racing Team, NIWA Racing and my personal sponsors for this opportunity!”

Ferry Schoenmakers (Team Manager EAB Racing Team): “I’m happy to announce that we will finish the 2021 season with Glenn. With two top-ten results, Glenn showed himself very well during the Catalunya round. He deserves to ride the remaining races for us, starting this weekend in Jerez. It’s also great to have a Dutch rider back on the bike in our Dutch team.”

 

Glenn van Straalen and EAB Racing Team shine again at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya!

After his superb top 10 in yesterday’s first WorldSSP race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, EAB Racing Team rider Glenn van Straalen was eager to repeat his performance in today’s Race 2. Sun and a blue sky welcomed the riders during warmup in the morning and Glenn ended this session in 13th place, just a second behind the fastest rider in the warmup Niki Tuuli.

Unlike yesterday weather conditions were perfect during Race 2. Glenn had a good start from P12, was in tenth place after the first lap and was able to improve over the course of the race with smart racing to finish WorldSSP Race 2 in a wonderful P9!

Glenn van Straalen: ‘It was a strong race! After qualifying, I knew we had a good pace on a dry track. After a good start I had some trouble in the opening laps, but then I could ride a strong pace and close the gap to the riders in front of me. Ninth place, just behind P5 and within ten seconds of P1 is a good result. I want to thank the EAB Racing Team for this weekend and I think we showed ourselves well!’

Team owner Ferry Schoenmakers: ‘I would like to give a big compliment to the whole team as they have really done a fantastic job. Yesterday’s race performance was impressive and today went even better as Glenn and his team didn’t put a foot wrong. That’s so impressive given the circumstances; Glenn jumped on the EAB Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6 for the first time last Friday and he was riding like he raced all year long in the World Supersport Championship!’

Next WorldSSP race weekend will be next weekend at Jerez de la Frontera in the south of Spain.

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