The young Finnish rider will race a Yamaha R6 inside the Superstock 600 category in the ESBK, Spanish Championship 2022.
Patova have been before with the team in 300 category as a wild card and he return for competing in the STK 600 class with the motorbike brand that he is running since so many years ago, Yamaha.
In Finland Kimi is a Superstock 600 Finnish champion in 2019 and Supermoto S4 Finnish champion last year. In ESBK 600-class his the best result is fifth, after several problems and injuries this last years, 2022 is coming with great strength and great preparation for the Finnish rider.
Kimi Patova, STK 600 rider @patova121: “The team has already been familiar to me since 2018 when I raced in Supersport 300 by the wild card in the Stratos team. I have been following the Stratos team and their success for a couple of years and it is great that I am now part of the GV Stratos family.
The upcoming season is my third in the ESBK 600 series. I know all the tracks but Estoril is a track I have never ridden. The goal is to get next steps on my career and I am sure that with GV Stratos and their professionalism I can make it. Previous seasons have been mixed and include injuries. For the upcoming season I expect good races with good results.
In January I met the team in Almeria and saw how the team works with the drivers. The first meeting left a good feeling and feel I’m part of their family.
I can hardly wait to get to test my new bike and prepare for the races and whole season”
Rafael Carlos Garcia, Team Manager: “ We are very happy and eager to start working with Kimi, we have followed his evolution in the championship for several years and we are sure that we will be able to take advantage of the potential that he lacks to improve.
We hope to be able to obtain very good results in a category in which last year with the new GV Stratos structure we have already achieved 3 podiums in the 600 and were able to fight for the title. The preseason for Kimi and all the riders will be very complete and we hope to arrive very strong at the first race in Jerez”