News 14 Nov 2019

Revitalised GasGas announces MXGP, Dakar and WESS teams

Next season to mark a new era for the Spanish manufacturer.

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A revitalised GasGas brand has announced it will field factory teams in the 2020 MXGP World Championship, Dakar Rally and World Enduro Super Series (WESS).

Pierer Mobility AG, formerly known as KTM Industries AG, bought a 60 percent share of Black Toro Capital – the parent company of GasGas – in September, leading to a new era in the Spanish manufacturer’s future.

Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing is the very first works motocross grand prix team for the marque and boasts the exciting combination of Glenn Coldenhoff and Ivo Monticelli on MXGP machinery in 2020.

“My team manager called me and told me about the opportunity for us to ride with GasGas and right away I was really honoured,” said Coldenhoff. “To reach the status of a factory team is a reward for all their hard work and professionalism.

“It is a really big step for the team – to have a factory behind you with all their support and resources. I am really looking forward to continue working with this great group of people at Standing Construct, and I am super-honoured and motivated to represent this new brand in the MXGP class.”

Laia Sanz, a serial FIM Women’s trial world champion and now almost 10 years as an enduro and rally record-breaker, will lead the charge for the revitalized GasGas effort in Rally.

“When the announcement was made about GasGas’ future, things happened very fast and so we had the challenge to prepare very quickly for Dakar 2020,” Sanz commented. “We are in a positive way – the bike looks great and we are in full preparation for the race in January.

“The other interesting thing with GasGas is the opportunities it might present me for the future – GasGas is known as a trials bike brand and this is also close to my heart and roots. The page turns for the brand from now, and my goal is to do the best job possible whilst bringing my passion and expertise to the company as we start on a new journey together.”

It is hard to find a bigger name in the world of enduro than Taddy Blazusiak, and the decorated 36-year-old is the perfect contender for the GasGas name in the 2020 WESS series.

“I’m stoked to be part of this new adventure,” Blazusiak stated. “I’d been with KTM forever and they are well known for their work and their competitiveness, so this is a fresh direction for me and it’s a privilege to be the first rider of the new GasGas era. I cannot wait to start working and racing with the new GasGas factory team.”

GasGas vice president of motorsports off-road Robert Jonas added: “GasGas is another fascinating story for our motorsport department. It is a strong and very recognizable brand, so it’s exciting to see how we can take it into new racing series. When we decided to move GasGas into MXGP for the first time there wasn’t a better choice than Standing Construct.

“Tim and his crew bring passion and knowledge to their jobs and that has been really easy to see, especially in 2019. Laia has some history with GasGas in rally and was the natural fit to push the name back to the front at the Dakar. She’ll be an ideal ambassador both on and off the bike.

“It’s fantastic for us to have a rider of Taddy’s profile and professionalism when it comes to the first steps of the enduro program. Overall, I would say we have pushed hard to make a competitive statement for GasGas and the next phase of their participation in the racing world – moving forward we’re fully focused for track success on a global scale.”