This is a significant event, as König jumped into superbikes from the weakest class of the Supersport 300 Championship, which no rider has yet managed to do. It’s a similar move, as if the rider in the classic world championship moved from Moto3 straight to MotoGP.
“I found out on Christmas Day when my coach and manager Miloš Čihák called me. The reaction was: well, shit … He gave me the most beautiful gift. Even though it’s a big jump, it makes sense. it suits me and I believe I can do it, “König said in Prague on Thursday after signing a one-year contract.
König will be the youngest driver in the championship and Čihák, for example, called his new engagement a “miracle”. The superbike series already requires an absolute professional approach, and König himself says, “It’s a different dimension. The bike has 200 horsepower more than I’ve ridden. It’s a rocket on wheels.”
The results from last year and the style of racing helped him to the contract, because a stronger motorcycle suits him much better. “It’s because of his build and height. He has a great feeling for gas and talent. He can plan the race perfectly, attack at the right moment. And the important thing is that he doesn’t fall and go crazy unnecessarily,” says Čihák.
König was given a “special” task by the team: to have no goals and, above all, to learn. He has to keep his nerves in check and especially during the season to show progress. “It’s important to us how young he is. He needs such blood,” says Orelac boss José Calero.
König will compete in 12 races across Europe, but will also compete in Argentina, Indonesia and Australia. He is most looking forward to the weekend in Most, which hosts the superbikes at the end of July. “It’s a beautiful track that I really enjoy, and maybe we’ll show a nice result there.”