The following is from Suzuki…
Team Hammer is excited to confirm that FIM JuniorGP pilot Torin Collins will compete in the 2023 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship aboard a Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750 in Austin, Texas.
The 18-year-old Collins has established himself as one of North America’s most promising young roadracers. Originally hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Collins started racing at the age of five and has made a rapid ascent up the ladder ever since.
The “Canadian Storm” stepped up to international competition in 2019 when he first entered the British Talent Cup. He then progressed to the European Talent Cup and later to his current full-time series, the FIM JuniorGP World Championship, which competes under Moto3 regulations and is recognized as the class’s primary feeder series.
The JuniorGP’s summer break has provided Collins, who is now based in Barcelona, Spain, with an opportunity to return to North America to gain experience aboard production-based equipment and test himself against some of the best Supersport pilots in the world.
Collins will compete alongside Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki regulars Tyler Scott – who ranks second in the MotoAmerica Supersport standings on the strength of two wins and eight podiums – and Teagg Hobbs, who ranks fifth with two podiums in his rookie season.
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge,” said Collins. “Learning this new bike and working with a new team is always fun and I’m excited. It won’t be easy but I think we can do great.”
“Our team has a long history of cultivating young talent and this was another opportunity to work with a rider who is motivated to succeed and make a name for himself,” said Chris Ulrich, Team Hammer Vice President of Operations. “Torin has a lot of experience in Europe but this series and the bike are new to him. Our equipment is competitive and our two regular young riders have been successful on it this season. We think we can help Torin earn a good result in Austin.”
Collins will race for Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki at this weekend’s penultimate round of the 2023 MotoAmerica season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on September 8-10