Kevin Strijbos was not allowed to go public with his plans for the upcoming season until the beginning of January, much like Arminas Jasikonis, because of his previous contract with Suzuki. Now that he can speak openly, it has been confirmed that he will move to Austrian machinery with Standing Construct KTM for his final term in the FIM Motocross World Championship. The squad announced the news via a press release.
"I am really happy to sign a deal to ride for Standing Construct KTM," Strijbos commented. "The team have proven in the past, when they were a winning team in MX2, that they are very professional and well-organised, as well as having the know-how and infrastructure to be competitive at the highest level. I had some good offers from other teams, but having the guarantee that I will be in a team that gives me all the needs to perform at the highest level, as well as factory support, made me decide to sign with them."
Kevin Strijbos struggled in his final term with Suzuki World MXGP, as he withdrew following the Grand Prix of Europe to repair a tear in a tendon and remove the inflammation in his elbow. That injury was initially sustained at the Grand Prix of Trentino in April. Following that, Strijbos returned in Portugal and then recorded some impressive results through the final rounds of the series. A fifth was acquired in the second moto at the Grand Prix of USA, for instance, and he then finished fifth again a week later at Assen.
Standing Construct have returned to the FIM Motocross World Championship paddock following a year away from the sport, but they were predominantly an MX2 team in the past. Aleksandr Tonkov and Alvin Ostlund were the last riders to contest a full season for the squad. The team received Yamaha support at that point, although it was not exactly what was promised, but have moved to KTM ahead of their return and will receive direct support from the factory. Valentin Guillod will join Kevin Strijbos.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Suzuki Racing