News 8 Sep 2015

European champion eyes Australia for 2016

Dutch talent Nick Kouwenberg sets sights on MX Nationals.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

New European 250 Motocross Champion Nick Kouwenberg is seeking a seat in the Australian MX Nationals for 2016, he confirmed during an interview this week with MXlarge.

Kouwenberg, 23, won the EMX250 title for Jtech Honda this season, but is too old to make a transition to MX2 in the world championship next year and he isn’t fond of the MXGP structure.

The Dutch rider will represent Team Netherlands in MX2 at the 2015 Motocross of Nations in France this month, before looking to further his career in Australia – for both motocross and supercross – moving forward.

“I don’t have anything yet,” Kouwenberg said. “Some teams are talking, but it hasn’t been worked out. I would like to go overseas and show my skills, even something like American supercross, but to go for a title I would like to go to Australia.

“I think going there would be good for me – I am 23 and the dream is to get a title, but not in Europe. I knew I had to get the EMX title to get away; the MXGP system isn’t something I like. I prefer to have 80 fast riders trying to qualify.

“That is why I like the European championship so much, because you really have to push hard. That is why I think the new dream is to go over to Australia and it’s something I am really confident in.”

To read the complete interview with Kouwenberg, visit leading European website MXlarge via this link.