News 24 Aug 2018

Evans open-minded should MXoN lead to international opportunity

Premier class rookie set to race AUS Supercross from Geelong's third round.

Image: Foremost Media.

Team Australia member Mitch Evans says if a strong performance at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in the USA this October leads to an international opportunity, he’d ‘definitely’ look into it despite aspirations of earning a MX1 crown in the domestic series before making a career overseas.

The youthful Queenslander stunned the industry this year as he rode his way to second in the premier class standings in just his first season, which ultimately earned him a spot on Australia’s MXoN squad alongside Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team) and Hunter Lawrence (114 Motorsport Honda).

“I think if I had a great performance and something came up, I’d definitely look into it,” Evans revealed to “I definitely want to tick off a MX1 championship in Australian before I go overseas, that’s for sure.”

A clash in dates means the Raceline Pirelli KTM ace will miss round two of the Australian Supercross Championship, however with such an opportunity, he’s elected to sit out Jimboomba’s season-opener in favour of the preparing for the Nations’, although he will commence his campaign from Geelong’s third round at GMHBA Stadium.

“I’m stoked,” he said in response to be selected to represent Australia. “It was one of my goals for 2018, so for it to come off is a great achievement. I’ve worked my arse off all year and so has my team, so it’s good reward them, but the work doesn’t stop yet and we still have a big job ahead. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge.

“I think we’re planning on doing from Geelong onwards. That will be on a 450, and we won’t have much preparation, but it’s just to be out there – we won’t have any expectations for Geelong, but from there onwards we’ll aim for better results.”

RedBud’s edition of the MXoN is scheduled for 7 October, while Geelong’s third stop of supercross is set to take place one week later on 13 October.