News 11 Oct 2011

Barragan joins De Dycker at LS Honda Racing for 2012 season

LS Honda Racing has announced that Jonathan Barragan will join the team for their 2012 FIM MX1 World Championship campaign.

The 26-year old is Spain’s greatest ever motocross hero, the six-time GP winner now joining Belgian star Ken De Dycker on the CRF450R.

“I believe that in racing you’re only as good as your last race,” Barragan said. “Last year I had my thigh injury and 2011 was okay, but it didn’t bring the results I know I wanted. I don’t want to dwell on 2008 and 2009 when I was very fast.

“In fact, it’s the other way around. I’m looking forward and I’m ready to rebuild. Going back to a young and ambitious team might look like taking a step back for a factory rider but I’m fine with that. This is not about ego, it’s about getting results.”

De Dycker is excited to return to the team after a disappointing year in 2011.

“I’m very happy to continue with LS Honda Racing for several reasons,” he said. “The 2011 season is one to forget as quickly as possible. I had some unlucky injuries and I got sidelined after the Czech GP. After that all of my focus shifted to the new season.

“We have been testing some new parts and I made a strong comeback to racing at the final Belgian championship round in Mont-Saint Guibert. It felt really good to win again, enjoy myself and to know that I can get back to my very best level.”

Both riders have previously been in contention for the world championship earlier in their careers.