Jonathan Barragan and Xavier Boog will be wearing green in 2010.
Entering their second year as owners of the Kawasaki Racing Team -the Factory Kawasaki team in the FIM Motocross World Championship MX1- in 2010, Frenchmen Roger Pourcel and Thierry Chizat Suzzoni have announced the team’s line-up for next season together with European Race Planning Manager of Kawasaki Europe Steve Guttridge.
Barragan and Boog – the latter to debut in MX1 next year- will enter the team with long time Team Green rider Sebastien Pourcel (pictured above) completing the squad. With this three men line up Kawasaki aims at grabbing the MX1 World championship title in 2010.
The team staff and infrastructure will be improved in 2010 while former team manager Martin Van Genderen and Kawasaki have mutually agreed to end their professional relationship.
Meanwhile, Team CLS Kawasaki has confirmed that they it has reached an agreement with promising young Belgian rider Jeremy Van Horebeek.
After the confirmation of Steven Frossard for 2010, team CLS has finalised his line-up with Jeremy Van Horebeek who will race the next two seasons with the squad in the MX2 world championship. Jeremy entered the MX2 series three years ago and confirmed his potential with eighth position overall in the 2008 campaign.
Winner of this year’s Catalan Grand Prix, Van Horebeek (who will turn 20 in November) has since experienced misfortune but proved his speed on a number of occasions with top five results.
Jeremy is a double MX2 Belgian champion, and has twice represented his country at the Motocross of Nations; earning podium results. Aside from Grand Prix duties Van Horebeek will appear in the Elite French Championship and selected Belgian events in 2010.
“It’ really nice to sign with Kawasaki and CLS, and I’m looking forward to next season as I have not been so lucky this year,” said Van Horebeek.
“It’s a new challenge for me and it’s really nice to see that people have confidence in you despite an average year. To be in a factory team with all the technical support from the Japan is great, and I’ve already a good connection with the CLS representatives.
“I’m really happy and I’m sure that next year we’ll reach the results that we want. We speak together about our goals and although we don’t want to put any undue pressure I’ll go for a top five position in the series. I have known Steven Frossard since we raced in the French 80cc championship; I’m sure we’ll have good relationship and work together for the best.”
Photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com