News 6 Sep 2016

EMX250 champion Olsen signs with Rockstar Husqvarna in MX2

Up and coming talent on the move to MX2 for 2017.

Source: Supplied.

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Newly-crowned European 250 Motocross Champion (EMX250), Thomas Kjer Olsen, will join the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in a multi-year MX2 deal.

The 19-yeard old is set to enter the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship racing alongside team riders Thomas Covington and Conrad Mewse.

The Husqvarna FC 250 mounted rider from Denmark completed a nearly perfect season in the EMX250 class, collecting three overall victories and finishing on the podium at every round.

“I can’t thank Husqvarna enough for giving me this incredible opportunity to join their official MX2 team,” said Olsen. “It’s been a great year for me and I can’t wait to enter my first full season in MX2 as part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in 2017.”

Clinching the 2016 EMX250 title with one round to go, Olsen then stepped up to the MX2 class of the FIM Motocross World Championship securing phenomenal results from the get go. Claiming eighth overall during his debut MX2 class GP in Switzerland, he then finished fifth overall in Assen last week missing the podium by just one point.

Olsen looks forward to moving up to the MX2 category full time after wetting his feet in the class this season finishing as high as fifth overall in Assen after locking up the EMX250 title early.

“MX2 is the future of motocross for young riders like myself and it’s always where I wanted to be,” he added. “Working with such a strong team means I’ll have the best support and equipment to reach the top. My goal is to continue working hard to improve my results and get closer to the top in MX2.”

After claiming second overall behind Olsen in the EMX250 championship, American Darian Sanayei will also make the move to MX2 in 2017 with Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Australia’s Hunter Lawrence, another top EMX250 contender in 2016, also revealed this week that he too will make the jump to MX2 in 2017 with the Suzuki World MX2 team led by 10-times world champion, Stefan Everts.