News 5 Nov 2018

Husqvarna Factory Racing signs Jasikonis for 2019 MXGP season

Youthful premier class contender earns one year factory contract.

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Arminas Jasikonis will join Pauls Jonass in an all-new line-up at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing for the 2019 MXGP World Championship.

At just 21 years of age, Jasikonis has displayed promising form in his first two years challenging the premier class, earning his maiden podium at the MXGP of Portugal in 2017, while his campaign this year was cut short due to a season-ending shoulder injury.

“I’m really looking forward to entering the 2019 series with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MXGP team,” Jasikonis commented. “I’ve been closely following their work and to finally be a member of this great team feels like a dream has come true. I admire their professionalism and I am willing to work harder than ever so I can give my best in each and every GP.

“This will be my third full season in the MXGP category and I am really motivated to make it the best one so far. Coming from a shoulder injury, I’ve worked really hard to be physically stronger and I’m now looking forward to start riding my new FC 450 machine. It’s a great bike and I believe I am capable of doing great things aboard this machine.”

Jasikonis contested the 2018 MXGP World Championship with the Assomotor Honda outfit, a late deal that come together after the Lithuanian was left without a ride due to Suzuki ceasing its involvement in the series.

“We are looking forward to working with Arminas Jasikonis and I personally believe he will be a perfect fit to our team alongside Pauls Jonass,” said team manager Antti Pyrhonen. “Battling through a challenging season, Arminas is extremely motivated to turn a new page in his career with our team.

“We want to provide him with all the right tools so that he can step up his game and become a contender for podium results and GP victories. Both Arminas and Pauls are extremely talented and we believe in their potential. I am really looking forward to seeing them battle it out in the MXGP class once the season begins.”

The opening round of the 2019 MXGP World Championship is scheduled for 10 March, however the country and location it will be hosted in is still to be announced.