News 16 Jan 2020

Rykers secures MX1 seat at Empire Kawasaki

Hellier confirmed as MXD entry at Kawasaki-supported squad.

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Western Australian Jayden Rykers will join Empire Kawasaki as its MX1 rider for the 2020 season, where he’ll be accompanied by MXD contender Deakin Hellier.

Rykers, who raced as a privateer in 2019, experienced a breakout rookie season in the premier class, finishing the MX Nationals in 10th despite being sidelined for the last three rounds, while he was 11th in the Australian Supercross Championship – his first full season in the discipline.

The 23-year-old admits the transition to the KX450 has far been seamless as he commences his preparations for the 2020 MX Nationals.

“It’s a massive reward after last year,” Rykers told MotoOnline.com.au. “I had to make the decision [in 2019] of where my future was heading, and that’s when I made the decision to step up to the 450.

“I guess a lot of changes happened in that year from working full-time to having our son. To be back in a situation now after such a hard year where I can put my mind back to the bike side of things is an awesome opportunity.

“I’ve spent four days riding the Kawasaki now, but when I first hopped on the bike, the transition wasn’t crazy – I felt quite comfortable straightaway. Everything’s been going smoothly.”

It was confirmed earlier this week that outgoing rider Dylan Long will sit out racing the 2020 season, while fill-in come team regular Lawson Bopping is unlikely to return after battling ongoing health issues.

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