Dan Kruger is arguably Canada’s most successful international roadracer in a long time, and it appears that streak will continue this season, based on his early-seaason results in WERA racing!
Over the past decade, Kruger has won in the Chinese superbike series, and also competed in high-profile street races such as the Macau GP or events in the IRRC Real Road Racing Championship. Now, COVID-19 seems to have put an end to his participation in Asian and European racing, at least for now. He’s running in the WERA series in the US, and after winning a double championship there in 2022, he is starting strong again for 2023, once again aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Here’s what Dan’s team posted after the last weekend at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia, where he won both A Superstock Races, an A Superbike Race and two Formula One races during the double-header WERA Sportsman Series event.
“We came, we conquered, and we left. A couple of close races but Dan had full control over the weekend and a strong race pace as he also took pole position on both days and led all practice sessions.
‘I am really pleased how my crew chief and I worked together to set up the race bike, selected the correct compound tires, and did what was needed to sweep the weekend. We had some sketchy weather in one race and thought about pulling off after the warm-up lap but fortunately decided to stay out and race. Looking back, I am pleased with our performance,’ Dan commented.
On Saturday, we had a clutch issue and pulled in after the first lap. We also had an engine let go during the Friday practice, so the weekend was not without its challenges. We now have a lot of work ahead of us as we prepare for the doubleheader at Road Atlanta in a few weeks’ time. There will be a lot of points up for grabs and our team will do what we can to take as many of them as possible as we head into this round leading the AMA/WERA National Superbike Championship.
We also start the N2/WERA Endurance Championship that weekend so there will be lots of racing coming up.”
No kidding. If that means more races to win, it sounds as if Kruger is game!
Last year, Kruger won the WERA national title for Superbike and Superstock classes, taking 25 podiums and regional championships along the way. He had a massive win at Barber Motorsports Park, knocking off some serious competition. Unfortunately, a late-season crash derailed his hopes of racing Macau; no word yet as to whether he plans to race there this fall. But then again, Macau hasn’t confirmed bikes will be allowed this year, either.