The following is from Suzuki…
Team Hammer is pleased to announce Brandon Paasch will compete for the team aboard a Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000R for the remainder of the 2023 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Championship, beginning July 7-9 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Despite his youth, at 22, Paasch has a long record of success on a diverse collection of machinery in professional road racing. In 2016, Paasch won the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup and finished third in the KTM RC Cup World Final. He then spent the majority of the next three seasons racing a Moto3 machine abroad, winning the 2019 British MotoStar Championship.
In 2020, Paasch finished third in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship with 13 podium finishes. After winning the 2021 Daytona 200, he spent the rest of 2021 racing for a factory team in British Supersport.
Paasch started 2022 by winning the Daytona 200 for a second straight year, before riding an Altus Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000R to six victories and a second in the MotoAmerica Superbike Cup Championship, and four podium finishes on his way to fourth in the Stock 1000 Championship.
A back injury has kept Paasch from riding in MotoAmerica so far in 2023, but now fully recovered and fresh from a competitive run at the 100th Loudon Classic, Paasch is ready to take on his new challenge.
“Obviously, I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Paasch. “This was a great surprise to me. My goal has always been to get into Superbike, but coming off an injury some may have been skeptical of my return. Doing the Loudon Classic allowed me to prove I’m still the same guy before I was injured.
I’ve been working hard every day to return to fitness, probably more so than before Daytona, but I also know I’m playing catch up. I also realize I have a transition ahead of me as far as learning to ride the Superbike, but I’m ready for it. My only goal is to get a little faster and a little more competitive each time I go on track.”