Multiple Australian champion completes deal with JK Racing Yamaha.
Queenslander Dan Reardon will line up in the new-look 2018 Arenacross World Tour after signing a deal with the i-Fly JK Racing Yamaha team in a continuation of his supercross-only career path.
Reardon split his time this year between Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the Australian Supercross Championship in which he finished runner-up, but will begin next year based in Europe contesting the high-profile Arenacross series.
The Arenacross World Tour is primarily staged in the UK and runs for two months between 6 January to 10 March, also incorporating a European swing in 2018 with rounds in Belgium and Germany to cap-off the eight-round championship.
“We spoke briefly last year in that weird time when I really did want to go to America,” Reardon told MotoOnline.com.au. “We started to go down that avenue, then the American thing opened its doors. But we stayed in contact with the Arenacross organisers and team. One thing led to another – I was looking at the US and UK – and there are a couple of reasons why I think the UK will be good.
“My parents are actually from over there and, on top of that, it’s Arenacross, so it’s all indoors and it’s something we grew up doing as Australians. The transition will be relatively easy, but I know the racing won’t be easy. There are definitely some faster guys, especially the French, and the tracks are basic compared to what we are used to, so that brings the racing closer. I will definitely be prepared for it.”
With Mega Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki team operator Carroll Motorsports closing its doors at the conclusion of last weekend’s Australian supercross finals at Jimboomba, Reardon is on the market for the 2018 championship, but is in no rush to complete a deal. He is also considering a unique personalised program if it becomes a viable option.
“It’s definitely still the idea,” Reardon said. “I’m not in a rush to lock anything in at this stage. We’ve got a lot of time before next year and I’v spoken to a couple of people who have been involved with the team this year – both directly involved and outside sponsors. We’ve spoken about various ideas, including something that’s out of the ordinary to come up with another option.
“At this stage we’re just chatting about it to see if it’s something we can all do well and enjoy it, so if that’s the case we’ll go racing. I wouldn’t say it’s uncertain, but there’s definitely been no decision and nothing even close in my distant future on what I’m going to do.”
The Arenacross World Tour will commence on 6 January at the Manchester Arena, running through much of the American-based Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship season and further narrowing the chances of Reardon returning to the US on a full-time basis for next season.